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 (tăb′lə-cho͝or′, -chər)
1. An engraved tablet or surface.
2. Music A system of notation using letters, symbols, or other visual cues instead of standard notation to indicate how a musical piece is to be played. For example, guitar or banjo tablature typically consists of a diagram of the strings with finger positions indicated by numerals corresponding to the appropriate frets.

[French, alteration (influenced by Latin tabula, table) of Italian intavolatura, from intavolare, to put on a board : in-, in + tavola, table, board (from Latin tabula).]


1. (Music, other) music any of a number of forms of musical notation, esp for playing the lute, consisting of letters and signs indicating rhythm and fingering
2. (Art Terms) an engraved or painted tablet or other flat surface
[C16: from French, ultimately from Latin tabulātum wooden floor, from tabula a plank]


(ˈtæb lə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər)

any of various systems of music notation using letters, numbers, or other signs to indicate the strings, frets, keys, etc., to be played.
[1565–75; < Middle French, perhaps alter. of Italian intavolatura, derivative of intavolare to put on a board, score]


 murals or ceiling paintings, collectively.
Example: a tablature of splendid hues and imposing forms, 1819.
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Noun1.tablature - a musical notation indicating the fingering to be used
musical notation - (music) notation used by musicians
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Our first task was to construct a database of all music printed in German-speaking lands between 1501 and 1540, including all sources containing printed notation: theory and pedagogical books, liturgical books, instrumental tablatures, hymnals, dramas, collections of sacred and secular polyphony, broadsheets and graphic works.
is textless and is intended for stringed instruments ("Personare con di stromenti da corda"), while at least twelve more are suitable for instrumental accompaniment, as suggested by the lute tablatures in in the 1590 edition of Selva.
com)-- Let's say you hear a song on the radio that you'd like to learn immediately, but you don't want to get references from the song sheets or tablatures.
Michael Baldzuhn scrutinizes the terminology of the Meistersingers' tablatures of the sixteenth century, contrasting this with the earlier attempts of the late fourteenth century.
Some, such as the organ tablatures at Clausthal-Zellerfeld, were not discovered until the mid-twentieth century.
Part of Mel Bay's 'Frank Koonce' series of music transcripbed and adapted for the modern guitar with facsimiles of the original tablatures, "The Baroque Guitar In Spain And The New World" is the collaborative effort of Gaspar Sanz, Antonio de Santa Cruz, Francisco Guerau, and Santiago de Murcia.
And their natural spontaneity led them to create a "second" repertoire from the melody of tablatures, the profane and forgotten music of the 16th-18th centuries.
One of the tablatures, `Faut il qu'au mal que j'endure', the first piece of the manuscript, is notated in the hand of the principal scribe.
As one of the very small number of sixteenth-century German tablatures, it is important, and is unusual in exhibiting Italian features of calligraphy.
Tyler is to be commended for not abandoning the use of various sorts of original notation: he includes examples in Italian and French tablatures, which should be familiar to any lutenist, as well as ones that use the chordal alfabeto, often mixed with Italian tablature.