Help for the refined contour search field in Themefinder

Guidelines for searching by refined contour

Contour describes the shape of a melody through the 'movement' or direction of the intervals. For refined contour search five types of movement are distinguished: by ascending step, by ascending leap, by descending step, by descending leap, and repetition. A "step" is defined as an interval of one or two semitones. Anything bigger than a step is a "leap". Note that the minor third is thus regarded as a step.

There are two methods for specifying refined contour searches.

  1. by means of letters (recommended):
  2. by means of symbols:


Advanced refined contour:

Currently there are no wildcards for advanced refined contour search.