another way to look at the minor 7 flat 5 chord

Minor seven flat 5 chords function as the ii chord in a minor ii V i.  The “usual” scale is to play locrian, but it has too many ugly notes in it that you have to be careful of.  The hip choice is to play superlocrian, or locrian #2.  The scale has many names, but it always means a locrian scale with a raised 2nd, or really since locrian has a b2, it really means a locrian scale with a natural 2nd.  This choice gets rid of some of the ugly and makes a hip natural 9 sound.

Let’s take Dm7b5.  D locrian would be spelled: D Eb F G Ab Bb C D.  D super locrian would be spelled: D E F G Ab Bb C D; so you change one note between the two.  Incidentally, this scale is the sixth mode of F melodic minor, so if you want to look at it like F melodic minor starting on the sixth degree, be my guest.

To continue with our major pent b6 idea, you would play bVII/I, in this case C major pent b6 over Dm7b5.  This gives you C D E G Ab, which gives you the flat seven, the root, the major 2nd, the fourth, and the flat five: all important notes to superlocrian.

To transpose, just keep thinking bVII/I.  So for Fm7b5, play Eb major pent b6.

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