What are we learning?
In this year’s first instalment of Beat Breakdown, we’ll be learning the main groove to New York’s Parquet Courts- Almost Had To Start A Fight.
Break it down.
This beat is based around a 2 bar call and response structure, with a strong rhythmic hook followed by a bar of groove. The theme of the hook is based around a dotted 8th note pattern, but playing two consecutive 16th notes instead of one, ending with a pair of 8th notes on beat 4:
‘1e’ - ‘a2’ - ‘+a’ - ‘e+’ - ‘4+’.
This is a very similar rhythm to the classic fill from Phil Collins- In The Air Tonight, just minus the bass drums filling in the gaps!
Download the notation for free below and have a play along!
Notation: Beat Breakdown- Parquet Courts- Almost Had To Start A Fight