Tablature meaning

tăblə-cho͝or, -chər
An engraved tablet or surface.
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(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.
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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.
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(archaic) A flat surface or tablet with an inscription, painting, or design on it.
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A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments.
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Origin of tablature

  • 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)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French, from Italian tavolare 'set to music'.

    From Wiktionary