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Power of the Pentatonic Scale-Bobby McFerrin

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Reed Triller
Aug 03, 2009 1:49 AM GMT

Shows just how universal music is.

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Aug 05, 2009 6:54 PM GMT
Cloud 1 Replied:

Very interesting, I watch the full verion. Thanks for postig Big D.

Aug 07, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:

saw this elsewhere, it is a cool video, and mcferrin does not showboat, he really lets the audience be the stars, good performer for sure

Aug 14, 2009 4:33 AM GMT
Brown Ale Guy Replied:

Thanks Big Daddy. Good stuff.

Aug 27, 2009 6:27 PM GMT
Hammik Replied:

Sick, now if only the audience could keep the beat while clapping. Thanks for sharing this.

Nov 19, 2009 5:03 PM GMT
Rex P Replied:

Cool clip! It does seem anytime you use the pentatonic scale in a song peoples eyes light up...hey I recognize those tones! We all use them alot :)

Nov 20, 2009 5:27 AM GMT
jon s Replied:

i seen this before its a interesting watch. there is anouther video out there where this guy is playing the piano and is interacting with the audiance but i cant find it.

Dec 02, 2009 10:48 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

It greatly shows that pentatonic scale is archetypical. It seems that first people (most possible they were black and lived in Africa) sings pentatonically. And then while people spread other the world this scale stays with them. Simple Irish, Russian, Chinese, African melodies are often pentatonic.

Dec 14, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
Tony W Replied:

Yes, very cool Ray! Jason Ricci has been tell us harp players to dig into the pentatonic scale for years. Try this, 1 2+ 2 3" 3 4 5+ 6+ 6 7 8 8+ 9+ 10

Dec 15, 2009 4:25 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

very good, Big D

Tony I will try them out.

Jan 10, 2010 11:32 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

A Jungian analyst might say the pentatonic scale as an archetypal pattern or innate template shared by all members of our species, past and present, resides in our collective unconscious. This would mean our ancestors internalized this scale and that, possibly, it serves some purpose related to the survival of our species. This would mean (as this post illustrates) that we are allborn innately endowed with an internalized model of the pentatonic scale and that, simply by virtue of being human, we all "feel" it on some level. This is part of how music is shared and experienced as a common language between all members of the human family in EVERY culture. Pretty darn cool! Thanks for sharing this, Ray!

Jan 20, 2010 4:57 AM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

one of the hard parts i have is understanding all this musical stuff. The video was fantastic and it gave a in sight look and quit frankly it was fun. Were or when did the origin of music come form. And how did it continue on. Music seems to flow from one group of people to another and time tends to change it as it progresses..

Salsa ( Spanish ) comes from the African slaves of Cuba but how and how transformed them. I dont think it was like open a door but more like building the door and them made it easer to open.

abner ( BluEye, thank you The door makers )

Jan 20, 2010 8:21 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

Yes music is shared and evolved across coultures. Anthropologists undoubtably study music. As do historians. Music tells us alot about ourselves as well as our ancestral past. Music alone tells the story of peoples and ages. That's why this man's presentation worked so well, because we all innately "get it." Cool huh?!?!

Jan 21, 2010 1:29 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

I have to note, that I was not right about pentatonic as universal music scale. I've read article about Thai music system which include 7 equal intervals per octave. There is no such notes like pentatonic or C major scale. It seems that Bobby's great experiment will fail if Thai people be among listeners.

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