Any European-educated music geeks out there? I finally found a Web site for guitar tablature for Russian artists (actually, a couple of sites: www.akkords.ru and www.accords.ru, and I’m guessing one is a ripoff of the other). I was very excited to find tabs for my favorite late-glasnost’ angst band, Kino. However, there’s one catch; they list some chords in a format that stumped both me and my guitar teacher, e.g. what the heck is an Hm chord? If you want to see what I mean, and you can navigate your way through the Cyrillic, here’s a link to the song I’m talking about:
http://www.akkords.ru/song.php?1153 (The song is called Poslednyi Geroy, or for the non-Cyrillically inclined, “Last Hero.”)
By finding the same song written in another key on another site, I figured out that the Hm is supposed to be Bm, and a European friend of mine says that this is a German chord notation style; in the German system, apparently Hm=Bm, and B flat = B, or something goofy like that, but the rest of the notation system is the same as the American system which is more familiar to most of us.
My question is: why do the Germans do this?? If there’s no note called H, why is there a chord called H???
Any theories will be welcomed with open arms.