We are putting tones on paper, this is a visual thing not a written thing, you should concentrate on the negative and let its natural balance come out.
50 % of dodging and burning is to compensate for the generational loss of density mainly at the edges of the print.
the other dodging and burning is to lead the viewers eye to areas of interest.
This is a very simple concept and after a few prints obvious to printmakers.

One would have to have 30 years of experience in printmaking to believe that what the OP is showing is the way to make prints. Those notes are silly and any compentent printer would throw them out.


If one is concentrating on notes like this to make prints then good luck with that, IMO these notes are simple wank.
Printing should be simple and no my standards are not low if that is what you are implying.