Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale
If you give just two notes from the pentatonic scale people can naturally fill all the other notes

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Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event "Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus". Watch the full program here: The World Science Festival gathers great minds in science and the arts to produce live and digital content that allows a broad general audience to engage with scientific discoveries. Our mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future. Original Program Date: June 12, 2009 Subscribe to our YouTube Channel for all the latest from WSF. Visit our Website: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on twitter:


Rubén Medellín : I don't know why, but I always end up smiling like an idiot each time I watch this video. Music is really amazing.

Faith Jarvis : He's playing an instrument made of people

twiinapocalyp2e2 : The last crowdbender


Jared Christensen : The guy who makes the Neuroscience comment at 2:51 is Daniel Levitin, who coined and documented the Levitin effect: that people tend to remember songs in the correct key.

DeadlyDanDaMan : Music and Math, the true Universal Languages.

Dan Wiberg : I get the chills everytime I watch this.

richardhalo : This made me smile. That was pure beautiful.

The Post Modern Guy : That was pretty awesome crowd control.

King Pin : Musicians ....instead of politicians... :)

Lorenzo Pietro Antonio Giovanni Giorgio Botti : "So you're saying you are a musician?" "Yes" "And what instrument do you play?" "Crowds."

Brandon Pack : I wish they included the conversion before and after. Two of the others had a dry argument about cultural musical inclinations disrupting each other. Then he starts this. And afterwards they tried to bend his demonstration to prove their points. :(

son of mann : Single handedly proved why every voice is important in more ways than one. Salute

Jimmy Griffin : The pentatonic scale is definitely one of the most useful things a musician has to learn and master if he wants a chance at being a professional.

Squiggs 【Glitches - ROM Hacks - Speedruns】 : This made me cry and I'm not 100% sure why. I have a lot of feelings about this video.

WILLY STEWARD : Try that in will be chaotic

uizzmedia : I think the most interesting part in this experiment is figuring out how the audience learned the G# (C#, D# and A# he gave away, and F is easy to figure out because the audience was locked on whole-step intervals at the time - we're in C# pentatonic btw). I think it's because of, either one of, or a combination of the following : 1.As far as I can tell, at first Bobby tried forming the pentatonic with G# as its root (his first two sung notes), instead of C#, but the audience resolved that to C# and he went along with it. I think that was the first time the audience encountered the G# in a musical context during that time period. 2.Bobby sneakily introduced the G# during the yodle thing he did @ 1:18. 3.The audience didn't come into contact with any half-step intervals at the time, and Bobby trained them for both ascending and descending whole-step interval patterns, so it was just the natural way to go. Also, once you have positions 1 2 3 and 5 of a scale, with a major 3rd, it's pretty easy to figure out the 4th, since it's highly unlikely for it to be a tritone). Such a fun thing to witness and study!

WolfCoder : This means something. It is important.

Mardycious04 Reyes : he just hacked everybody's mind lol

Perfect Imperfection Imperfection Parfaite : What Genius!! He makes it look so easy

Axiom Ape : A great lesson using very few words...the indication of a great teacher.

Gatherer Thompson : I've got a playlist called 'Prismatic Ashes' for videos that restore at least a bit of my faith in humanity (it's a pretty under-fed playlist so far, but I'll get there). Now this is on it.

David Hughes : When Bobby did the splits it went from Baa Baa Baa to "Waaaa?".

Omkar Parab : I don't know why but i m smiling continuously after watching this... :)

Yo BroMan : McFerrin is truly a remarkable person, both musically and individually.

MrKockabilly : Indeed, given just the first two middle notes, the audience instinctively and almost unanimously figured out the others and expanded the scale along the pentatonic line. Either the pentatonic scale is indeed a very natural scale or the people has somehow got used to it.

Walter Mitchum : Sometimes, without even realizing it, I find myself humming this to myself.

hole - 1st drill press channel : Don´t worry, be happy!

Beth Grace : this is honestly the best thing ever

Boogieforme : Bobby McFerrin might be the only person who actively plays the audience like an instrument. I love the guy!

Malcolm X : "Congratulations, you just played yourselves."

RAQUEL LIGHT : Talk about playing the crowd! haha!!

Ari Pg : I should be studying for exam...

Trevor Lutz : 45000 likes, 300 people that accidentally clicked the wrong button

SorWrath/Bloodstained : some ppl win the lottery, that is by choosing random numbers, and if luck is with them and they will win.. for me it was when my college told us to attend an event in our music hall for a project. Without having big interested in going, I chose they only thing that caught my eye in the music hall's schedule. A jazz concert by a dude named Bobby McFerrin when I went there I didn't knew who he was, but after that day I feel like I won the lottery, because it was one of the most memorable concerts I have ever been. And I have seen almost all the big names of Rock and Metal (also few from others genres) in concerts the last 25 years. Side note: Bobby McFerrin was accompanied with another 6 incredible vocalists.

Kingsthrone : What several scientists spend years to research and conclude, Bobby McFerrin does in less than three minutes.

C Flow : AWESOME-NESS!!!! That Bobby McFerrin is a TRUE musician. Now this is definition of an ARTIST not just a singer, feel me? Love him, he's a genius.

Angel : This is so so cool. We are all connected through music!

tsoueddie : Darude - Sandstorm your welcome

Max Zapata : we have pentatonic scale by default

YouzTube99 : 02:50 "If you're looking for a job in neuroscience . . . " "Nah, don't want to take the pay cut!"

KJSTANCIL : I have never seen a more beautiful display of knowledge in the music science. This melody is so beautiful.

Daniel Sell : Exceptional!!!

Emily Taege : I can't like this enough. It makes me feel happy inside.

Francosteiner : Facking gave me a smile on my face this!

Dwarf Langersson : What a mind, visionary!

EllenElgar : Still my favourite video on the Internet :)

B.I.S.O.N.: BRISTOL SCREENWRITER NONSTUDENT : I love this and one of the most influential videos that I have ever viewed!

Alexander Cheong : Very very skillful and professional. :) I sang along.