The Pentatonic Scale

In the following video, Bobby McFerrin, best known for his 1988 hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”, from the 2009 World Science Festival, June 12, 2009.

[Via Neatorama]

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6 Responses to The Pentatonic Scale

    • Basically, he's demonstrating that music is the universal language, hardwired into our brains. No matter what culture or background people have, musically trained or not, they naturally respond to that exercise with the same pitches (highness or lowness of sound).

      Fascinating video! I'd like to see more.

    • Basically, he’s demonstrating that music is the universal language, hardwired into our brains. No matter what culture or background people have, musically trained or not, they naturally respond to that exercise with the same pitches (highness or lowness of sound).

      Fascinating video! I’d like to see more.