- a method of notation for guitar or ukulele in which vertical lines represent the strings, horizontal lines represent the frets, and dots on these lines indicate finger placement
- Archaic a flat surface or tablet with an inscription, painting, or design on it
Origin of tablatureFrench from Medieval Latin tabulatura from tabulatus, tablet from Late Latin tabulare, to provide with a table from Classical Latin tabula: see table
- An engraved tablet or surface.
- 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.
Origin of tablatureFrench alteration ( influenced by Latin tabula table ) of Italian intavolatura from intavolare to put on a board in- in tavola table, board ( from Latin tabula )
French, from Italian tavolare 'set to music'.