I have the following sheet music:
As you can see, almost every single note is dotted and/or tied. Actually, no: Every single note is dotted or tied. I don't have any formal composition training, and I'm mostly just working with MuseScore as an enthusiast/beginner, but I feel like this isn't right from a theory point of view. I think I need to change something with the time signature in order to get it to sound right without all the dots, but I'm not certain.
If I just remove the dots and keep the base notes the same, it doesn't sound right, as the relative duration of each note ends up being different, I believe. Is there something else that can be done? I don't like all these dots. Is there something else I'm doing wrong?
If someone would also like to go into the theory behind why I'm doing things wrong, and why the right way works, I would be very grateful, as well.
Thank you very much for your time.