Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale

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Tim Adkins : What instrument do you play? Bobby: "The crowd"


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

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

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.

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

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

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. :(

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

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.

twiinapocalyp2e2 : The last crowdbender

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

jaypkan : What Genius!! He makes it look so easy

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

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

WolfCoder : This means something. It is important.

Mardycious04 Reyes : he just hacked everybody's mind lol

Martha Mejía : I hope you translate to spanish, cause there are so many words can't understand, but i think is very interesting.

mymelodiesdupay : GENIUS!

Joshua Chinquee : Is anyone else surprised to learn that Bobby McFerrin doesn't have a Jamaican accent..?

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

WILLY STEWARD : Try that in will be chaotic

Daniel Johnson : is there a name for the song he sings along with?

William Shakespeare : Did they have a choir in the audience?

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

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.

YbYBwRbY : Dear Bobby McFerrin, My guitar teacher just suggested I listen to this. You've just explained not just how God created the Universe, but why. I wish everybody would put down their weapons and listen. Thank you so much. From a 60-y.o. beginning guitarist, a prof. in Massachusetts.

kaled009 : god is real

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.

Justas FBL : wow

Lourdes C. : Very interesting. I like it.

flanker : I have a feeling this wouldn't work in for example Turkey. Especially if he were to do it with an audience who doesn't listen to western music. Pentatonic Scale isn't widely used in Traditional Turkish music or most of the eastern music for that matter. Still very cool.

Robby Diggs : Black man's genius is revolutionary for ALL ...

sydney morris : The pentatonic scale is somehow "wired" in everyone's brains. It is built in and is something that everyone knows no matter where you are in the world. It's incredible. When he starts singing at 1:19, what song or tune is he singing? It sounds so familiar!

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

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

Ellie A. : That was not only awesomely entertaining, but it demonstrated the commonality of humanity throughout the world.

MuffinsCrib : Can anybody give me a lead on where can I find music like @1:16 . It's just so amazing and gives me chills all the time. I could listen to it for days and days!

Alvaro Hernandez : Ok so did he play the croud or that was a trained choir? Because if i tried that with a real croud I'd be jumping like a maniac and people woul be all over

ClearedToLand7 : Why do people dislike this. They must be sad individuals. Simply amazing man.

françois LE BARS : Communication Universelle...! MERCI

julian correa : amazing !

HyrulianJunkrat : my teacher just did this with us!!!

Bert Fannin : What a music is Bobby McFerrin. WOW!

renaisanc9 : One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen FROM HUMANS!  Gorgeous!... and FUN!  Thank you Bobby and WSF!

Makenna Murphy : I baa'd along  :o)

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.

Julian Sp : Every few months I come back to this. It brings tears to my eyes everytime.

truearumando : Just, so beautiful... holy moly.

Joanne Warfield : Fabulous!!!