Unless you get lucky by finding someone who can identify a tune when you hum it or sing it, your best bet to find a song title from its melody is by using a web service that is specifically designed for this purpose. These services can easily be found by using an Internet search engine. Services vary in how they help you identify songs but a big factor is your ability to accurately (or clearly) enter the melody of the song.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
Log on to an Internet search engine such as http://www.google.com, http://www.yahoo.com or http://www.bing.com. Type in phrases such as "melody search,'' "finding melodies'' and "finding songs by melody.'' Check the website services that come up to see how they want you to input the melody of the song.
Hum or sing the melody into a microphone connected to your computer.
Tap the rhythm of the song on the keyboard of your computer.
Type in the melody on a virtual piano keyboard. A virtual piano keyboard is an online tool that allows you to play a song by clicking on various keys.
Hum (or record) a song into your mobile phone. Phone in the recording of your song to a service that identifies songs.
Go to a karaoke bar and hum (or sing) the song to the audience. Somebody might recognise it.
Tips and warnings
- Some websites list websites that can help you find the title of a song.
- Be aware that the song-finding services might not be able to identify the song. There are mixed reviews on their success rates. Finding a song title by tapping in the rhythm may in particular prove to be a futile approach. The service you use to find a song title is only as good as the number of songs in its library.
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