Sing the tune to yourself with "lah, lah, lah ..." and write down if the pitch
moves up (U), down (D) or stays the same (S) between the first 9 notes, and you will
obtain an 8-letter code- word defining the tune's Category. Using this Search Engine, you
can display a list of tunes belonging to that Category. So instead of a manual search through
many hymn books, looking at thousands of hymns, your search is narrowed to a mere handful of
tunes, often just one, easily found in a hymn book TUNE index.
Enter the eight characters of the Category code e.g. DDUDSDUU
(in either upper or lower case) and then click on SEARCH.
Always remember that the Name of a tune often differs from the opening
words of the associated hymn. Also, different words may be set to the same tune in
different hymn books. To a lesser degree, different books can associate a tune with different Names - overall
there are about 10% more Names than there are distinct tunes.