Definitions for tablatureˈtæb lə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər
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tab•la•tureˈtæb lə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər(n.)
any of various systems of music notation using letters, numbers, or other signs to indicate the strings, frets, keys, etc., to be played.
Category: Music and Dance
Origin of tablature:
1565–75; < MF, perh. alter. of It intavolatura, der. of intavolare to put on a board, score
a musical notation indicating the fingering to be used
A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments
An engraved tablet etc.
Origin: French, from Italian tavolare 'set to music'.
a painting on a wall or ceiling; a single piece comprehended in one view, and formed according to one design; hence, a picture in general
an ancient mode of indicating musical sounds by letters and other signs instead of by notes
division into plates or tables with intervening spaces; as, the tablature of the cranial bones
Tablature is a form of musical notation indicating instrument fingering rather than musical pitches. Tablature is common for fretted stringed instruments such as the lute, vihuela, or guitar, as well as many free reed aerophones such as the harmonica. Tablature was common during the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and is commonly used in notating rock, pop, folk, ragtime, bluegrass, and blues music. Three types of organ tablature were used in Europe: German, Spanish and Italian. There are several types of ocarina tabulature. To distinguish standard musical notation from tablature, the former is usually called "staff notation" or just "notation". An alternate usage of the word "tab" is common on the Internet, where it can also refer to conventional chord symbols, or note names.
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