Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Paradiddle New York: A Pilgrimage

A Paradiddle is one of the primary rudiments of the drum set. 
It is usually notated | R L R R | L R L L |
That got me thinking about driving directions. 
 So I decided to make a Macro Paradiddle Pilgrimage 
through one of my favorite cities in the world; New York City.

The Paradiddle Pilgrimage starts at Blue Note Jazz Club. The midpoint is Birdland Jazz Club. The destination is the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

It took some tweaking at but this is what I finally came up with. Below the directions are listed for anyone who wants to actually make the trip :) I also took screen shots for your viewing pleasure. The manifestation of the Macro Paradiddle!!!! Check it out!!

Blue Note Jazz Club

131 West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012

1. Head northwest on W 3rd St toward 6th
2. Turn RIGHT at 6th Ave
3. Turn LEFT at W 23rd St
4. Turn RIGHT at 10th Ave
5. Turn RIGHT at W 44th St

Destination will be on the left
Birdland Jazz Club
315 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

6. Head southeast on W 44th St toward 8th Ave
7. Take the 1st LEFT onto 8th Ave
8. At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto W 59 St/Central Park S
9. Slight RIGHT at Grand Army Plaza
10. Turn LEFT at Park Ave
11. Turn LEFT at E 125 St/Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Destination will be on the right
Apollo Theater
253 W 125 St
New York, NY 10027


  1. This is just awesome. I could see you creating an entire travel guide to the cultural/spiritual centers and landmarks of the entire globe based on the rudiments.

    In fact, I think you may have unlocked a profound secret, along the lines of the Divinci Code!

  2. I was thinking more Angels & Demons but I know what you mean :P Thanks! I'm pretty excited weeeeeee