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Tool to write in Parsons code. Parsons notation (or Melodic Contours) allows the simplification of a musical writing using tone changes in the melody.

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Parsons Code

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See also: Music Notes

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What is Parsons code? (Definition)

Parsons code is used to represent the variations of the music which aims to facilitate the search by musical melody contours.

How to convert a melody into Parsons code?

The parsons code represents the first note by an asterisk * (which is sometimes omitted).

The following notes are shown with a letter from U,D,R indicating its relationship with the previous note:

Example: U for up: the pitch is higher than the previous note
D to down: the pitch is lower than the previous note
R for repeat: the pitch is the same as the previous note

Where to get a music with Parsons code?

A search is possible on Musipedia here (link)

Tools for music recognition like Google or Shazam use this method (among others) to recognize a melody.

dCode offers tools for reading musical note sheets.

When Parsons code was invented?

In 1975, Denys Parsons has developed the Parsons Code in his book here (link)

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