I have some notes in c minor, with chord notations. One of the chords is written as "Dm5b" and I'm wondering what that chord is. My logic would suggest d minor with the fifth lowered by a half note, but that would be D dim, and clearly there are such chords in the notes written as "H0" for example (this is a Hungarian note, and we use the German style notation, writing B as H).

Edit: attached the note.

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  • How professional is the notation? It may just be a misspelling of Dm7b5 or Ddim. – endorph May 9 '18 at 7:55
  • It seems to be a scan of a printed note. Clearly not handwritten or sg like that. – mami May 9 '18 at 7:59
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    If you can add a picture of the scan it might help someone pick up any other clues... – topo Reinstate Monica May 9 '18 at 8:10
  • Would s and is be flat and sharp? If so, why not use the normal signs? One gets used in the chord in question. – Tim May 9 '18 at 13:36
  • It seems pretty clear even from the missed second chord on the first measure that the chords were only given secondary, passing consideration here. Unfortunately, that seems to be the norm on many published works, and errors and typos abound above the staff line, even on professionally produced scores. – Ben I. May 9 '18 at 14:21

I reckon it's a misprint, and should be Dm7b5. The dots indicate F, D, Ab and C. The rest of the run fits too, apart from the passing Eb. Dm5b isn't common (in UK at least), and had it merely been D F Ab, yes it should be Do.

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  • Interesting -- I never heard of printed notes described as "dots." is that common in your regions? – Carl Witthoft May 9 '18 at 12:02
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    @CarlWitthoft - you should read my answers more! Yes, on Mars, it's the accepted way to refer to them. In U.K. too ! isn't that what a lot of them resemble? Possibly not as appropriate in U.S. English - may sound like 'darts'? – Tim May 9 '18 at 12:05
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    I just call them "notes," since that's what they are :-) . – Carl Witthoft May 9 '18 at 13:47
  • interesting idea, that would make playing music the same as connecting the dots. – skinny peacock May 9 '18 at 13:52
  • @CarlWitthoft - 'notes' are what I've written at the side of the music - conductor directions, changes in dynamics, etc... – Tim May 10 '18 at 8:17

Dm5b would contain D, F, Ab

b means a - so it would mean a m5-

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    It does contain those notes. It also, in the dots, contains enough others to produce Dm7b5. A b sometimes may mean -, but that doesn't answer the question. And more usually, it's written Do, which could translate into Dmb5, meaninglessly. And, if you'd spotted the C note, it then becomes Dm7b5. -1. – Tim Nov 23 '18 at 9:43

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