What does tablature mean?

Definitions for tablatureˈtæb lə tʃər, -ˌtʃʊər

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tablature(noun)

    a musical notation indicating the fingering to be used


  1. tablature(Noun)

    A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments

  2. tablature(Noun)

    An engraved tablet etc.

  3. Origin: French, from Italian tavolare 'set to music'.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tablature(noun)

    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

  2. Tablature(noun)

    an ancient mode of indicating musical sounds by letters and other signs instead of by notes

  3. Tablature(noun)

    division into plates or tables with intervening spaces; as, the tablature of the cranial bones


  1. Tablature

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tablature

    tab′la-tūr, n. something tabular: a painting on a wall or ceiling: a picture in general: a method of musical notation, principally employed in the 15th and 16th centuries for the lute: (anat.) a division of the skull into two tables. [Fr.,—L. tabula, a board.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tablature in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tablature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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