Till the XVIIIth century music for all
stringed musical instruments played by plucking was written by tabulatures.
This record differed considerably from the modern note record. Certainly,
it was simpler (in the technical aspect). But why didn't it come to our
days? First, this record is peculiar only to the stringed musical instruments
played by plucking and this is not very convenient. The tabulatures don't
have dynamics signs, decorations such as melisms, grace-notes, leagues
and many other applied in a modern notation. Besides of it, notes durations,
including placed in chords, are always the same (a record is similar to
one-voicing) and this doesn't allow to reflect the polyphony music. In
this connection the performer must have a very high level of musical development
but this has probably the special charm permitting the performer himself
to create the control of his voice and interpret compositions dynamically
and melodiously (an improvisation in some way). Simultaneously, simplicity
and quickness in tabulature mastering for every beginner. But the main
thing is the keeping of the instrument traditions.