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Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

Talking about expectations.
Expectations. Watch Okay Yeah! What’s interesting to me about that is regardless of where I am– anywhere. Every audience gets that. But it doesn’t matter what you know that’s just you know. The pentatonic scale–for some reason. if you’re looking for a job in neuroscience.

100 thoughts on “Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale”

  1. This is really beautiful. I know people like to exaggerate things on the internet but I like to speak the truth and I’ve never shed a tear for something like this. Usually for music that resonates and strikes a deep nerve but I really think this struck the deepest nerve of all and took me back to how simple music was for me as a baby. no distractions of wordplay and double entendres. this is just one unified, beautiful and harmonious sound. i will never forget this

  2. The reason why everyone gets the Pentatonic scale is because its and audible form of the goldern ratio, which is at the root of our understanding of sound

  3. I don't understand any of this, not being a musician. But… Bobby gave a concert way back when, in Los Angeles. I went to see it with my husband of that time, and his Structural Engineering coworkers. Here we were, 6 of us, all Engineers listening to the most incredible vocal range! Of course, he played the audience there as well, making music out of everything. Afterwards, I said to them, "I'm going to meet Bobby McFerrin, who's coming with me?" They thought I was nuts. But I did go backstage, met this man, and his mom, gave him a Namaste in return, and a hug too. I told him, "Bobby, you are a National Treasure!". And he is.

  4. Something that gets lost here is that he's respecting the audience's perspective that moving to their right, like ascending a piano keyboard, means the pitch intuitively goes higher and moving to their left means the pitch goes lower. He's having to think about it in reverse because he's facing the opposite direction. Don't forget, he was a professional pianist earlier in his career, to imagine notes descending to the right and ascending to the left must be a complete mindf**k for him. And on top of that, he's simultaneously improvising a counterpoint melody while still supplying the reversed physical cues for the audience accompaniment…

  5. after this clip, I can say, that Bobby McFerrin is the best scientist amongst musicians, and the best musician among scientsts… Thank Yoy all Very Much!

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