Parsons Code


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Parsons Code

A simple method for coding the melody of a song as a sequence of up and down pitches. Only three letters are used (u=up, d=down, r=repeat) to describe the melodic contour, which is sufficient to distinguish between many tunes. See Musipedia and music search.
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To enter Parsons code, or to set the melody contour by using "U, R, D" instructions 4 as shown in Figure 1.
For the case of the melody contour defined with using Parsons code, the user input is the following "RRRD-DRDD".