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    Question Organ Tablature - what? how?

    I have been trying to search the internet for any explanation or information on Organ Tablature, how it works, how to use it or any information like that but I can't find anything.

    Does anyone know where I can learnt it at all? I know it pretty much is never used but I am just really curious.

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    Books on music notation like Willi Apel's The Notation of Polyphonic Music and Richard Rastell's The Notation of Western Music have chapters on keyboard and lute tablatures. Keyboard tablatures use letters or numbers to represent pitches. There were different systems used in different countries. Bach apparently read keyboard tablature and would sometimes use it to notate music in the margins of pages when all of the staves were filled.

    One could also look up tablature in the New Grove Encyclopedia of Music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdwardBast View Post
    Books on music notation like Willi Apel's The Notation of Polyphonic Music and Richard Rastell's The Notation of Western Music have chapters on keyboard and lute tablatures. Keyboard tablatures use letters or numbers to represent pitches. There were different systems used in different countries. Bach apparently read keyboard tablature and would sometimes use it to notate music in the margins of pages when all of the staves were filled.

    One could also look up tablature in the New Grove Encyclopedia of Music.
    Thanks for the help, will definitely look it up some time.

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