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A tablature is a musical notation system for a particular instrument that requires no previous musical knowledge in order to be understood. Thus, with a tablature you can begin to play music in an instrument without knowing traditional notation.
Tablatures generally represent the instrument in a schematic way and the position of the fingers in each note. So, in guitar tablatures six lines (strings) are depicted and the positions of the fingers are written with numbers meaning the fret they are to be set upon; in flute tablatures the holes are drawn and whether they are covered or not, etc.
A good tablature should be as visual as possible.
The tablature for melodic udu that I’ve designed uses staff paper, the one with the five lines. With this tablature we can play melodies from the very first moment.
Every chromatic udu comes with an explanatory table showing the position of every note. Also included is a tablature with several basic melodies to begin playing this instrument both simple and full of possibilities.