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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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Printed volumes of airs featuring psalms include the series of six volumes of Airs de differents autheurs mis en tablature de luth arranged by Bataille (Paris: Ballard, 1608-15) and the first and third volumes of the Airs de cour et de differents autheurs (Paris: Ballard, 1615, 1619).
3) The compiler's reliance on Venetian sources is evident through musical analysis of the Spanish guitar tablature (alfabeto)(4) that he appended to certain poems, together with analysis of patterns of textual concordance between his anthologies and Venetian musical collections.
The latest addition to Mel Bay Publications' Instrumental Arrangements of American Gospel songs in Notation and Tablature series, "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" is a collection of 20 American Gospel beloved songs arranged in notation and tablature for guitar by Martin Simpson.
With each individual solo fully transcribed in standard notation and tablature, the student guitarist operating at an early intermediate level can easily play along with the companion CD note-for-note.
Being written in tablature probably ensured the manuscripts' survival, for when they entered the Anna Amalia Library (probably in the early nineteenth century) they were evidently not recognized as music, and found their way into the theological section; otherwise they might well have ended up amongst the destroyed music manuscripts.
Also troubling to the historian in me are instances of anachronistic evidence, for example, the diagram of German lute tablature (51, fig.
German letter tablature was particularly useful to organists because it was economical (lined manuscript paper was not needed) and allowed more music on a page than did the two Italian formats.
One of the works, `Salve regina', appears in Italian lute tablature in a manuscript originally belonging to Edward Paston (1550-1630), now housed in the Bodleian Library, Oxford, as MS St Michael's College Tenbury 340: very few of Ingegneri's works, sacred or secular, found their way over the English Channel, so I would like to have been told more about the provenance of the manuscript.
Included is thoroughly 'user friendly' instruction into the basics of music theory with the lessons set in standard notation and tablature along with easy-to-follow exercises specifically designed to build familiarity and proficiency in playing the guitar.
Fundamental is Dirksen's view of two small tablature manuscripts in Wolfen-buttel as autographs; to these eyes the documentation for this is inconclusive (one must consult Katrin Kinder, "Ein Wolfen-butteler Tabulaturautograph von Heinrich Scheidemann," Schutz-Jahrbuch 10 [1988]: 86-103, for the handwriting evidence).