I've got a doubt here. Do I play G flat or G natural?? The accidental doesn't come in till the 3rd beat while the key signature does not have G flat, while the lyric has an accidental but at the second quaver beat, so that means even if the lyric counts for the instrument part, the note still stays with a G flat, while the chord above says it's a G Flat chord. Here's a photo: enter image description here

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    This looks like a typo in the score. As written, it's a G, but all other information in the score suggests it should be a G-flat. What's the piece?
    – Richard
    Mar 18, 2021 at 16:05
  • Street Life - The Crusaders feat. Randy Crawford.
    – Ishan.J
    Mar 18, 2021 at 16:42
  • It would be interesting to see some more of that chart.
    – Tim
    Mar 18, 2021 at 18:03
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    Which note are you referring to?
    – mkrieger1
    Mar 19, 2021 at 9:35
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    @Richard "This looks like a typo in the score" an accidental accidental, then?
    – user45266
    Mar 19, 2021 at 16:18

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For starters, it's no G♭ chord. As it states, it's D♭m7, with a G♭ bass note.

Which means, assuming you're asking about the G in the bass clef (note on beat 2), it must be G♭, which means it's a typo.

EDIT: just checked another sheet music, and the D♭m7 is beat 1, then beat 2 is G♭9. so it would appear - a. it's not a slash chord. b. the second chord is G♭9, and the bass note is in fact G♭. A simple (common) ii>V>I just in that bar.

  • Sorry, my bad. So, does that mean that I play G flat or natural?? I don't think it is a typo... This is an exam-piece for Trinity Rock & Pop Grade 6, not saying that they cannot make a mistake, but this book has been in the syllabus since last 3 years and this is the latest publication, don't think they would make such a mistake... So what to do?? Still I appreciate your help. Thank you 😊.
    – Ishan.J
    Mar 18, 2021 at 16:33
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    A typo is a typing error. Here, the flat sign has been missed out, by mistake I guess. But that bass note will be Gb, not the G that's printed. It is worth looking at other copies of the same song, I'm sure the accidental would be in some of them - unless they'rve all copied from the same mistake!
    – Tim
    Mar 18, 2021 at 16:38
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    The Randy Crawford recording clearly has a Gb in the bass, not a G. Based on that, the style of the song, chord symbols and harmonic function it is definitely a Gb. Typos can appear anywhere, even in published music. Mar 18, 2021 at 18:18
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    @JohnBelzaguy - good move, listening to the track.Didn't get that far.
    – Tim
    Mar 18, 2021 at 19:02
  • May be this is not a "typo" but a test to see if you are able to identify a typo. ;) Mar 18, 2021 at 19:41

Dbm7-Gb7-Cb = iim7-V7-I in Cb: this makes sense as progression. And the chord sign Dbm7/Gb says the 2nd beat is still Dbm7 but above Gb. I agree with Tim.

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