So far, the response to this week’s #TBTXPN “waltz” theme has taken two approaches: folks are either chiming in to say “that song’s not in 3/4 time,” or they’re saying “what the heck is 3/4 time?”
To help demystify this most music nerdy of themes, the XPN Morning Show’s Kristen Kurtis welcomed singer-songwriter and music educator Andrew Lipke on the air this morning for a quick lesson on time signatures in the “explain it like I’m 5” sense.
“Essentially the time signature…is where the pulse of the music lies,” Lipke said, giving a crash course on meters, quarter notes and whole notes, and overall helping clear the air for listeners as the day moves forward.
“I know how to read music and live with a self-proclaimed time signature nerd and this is the first time I feel like I understand written music,” said XPN listener Kelly on Twitter. Morning show fan Sarah chimed in to say “doing a music theory lesson on 3/4 time for today’s #tbtXPN @wxpnfm @kristenkurtis you love to see it 🎶🎶 📻📻”
Listen to what Lipke had to say below.