#4
Bobby McFerrin is the shit.
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Nice.
How long before someone has a go at him for only using the pentatonic scale?
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#10
I always knew the pentatonic was the most powerful scale of them all...take that chromatic!

Also what Deliriumbassist said.
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Nice.
How long before someone has a go at him for only using the pentatonic scale?

well, he was just pentatonic wanking nothing special




that was actually really cool.
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Cool man.
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#16
Wouldn't this mean Kirk Hammett's been controlling us all along?
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Kirk uses minor pentatonic - Bobby used major.

But what is the amazing thing about this? The audience anticipated the third note which is the same as a normal major scale and then when he went to the note below the tonic i.e. the first note distinguishing the scale from a normal major scale, he sang it - the crowd didn't anticipate it.

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#20
That if you ask most people to sing the pentatonic scale they'll have no clue what any of the notes are.
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That if you ask most people to sing the pentatonic scale they'll have no clue what any of the notes are.


If you ask most people to sing a major scale they wont be able to do it either - and this is from experience.

But what I'm saying is that the audience only knew the notes because he prompted them, he sang the notes for them and they just copied.
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#22
^^^Did you watch the whole 3 minutes? He goes down two more and then right back up to higher than what he sang for the audience without prompting them
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^^^Did you watch the whole 3 minutes? He goes down two more and then right back up to higher than what he sang for the audience without prompting them


Yeah, but by that time he had emphatically established the fact that it was a pentatonic scale and so perhaps the only impressive thing is that the audience was not entirely tone deaf.

EDIT: One can also hear the audience singing slightly off some notes during certain note changes and then later finding the right pitch - which makes it seem like they were perhaps just singing what the more musically inclined people in the audience were singing and not anticipating the notes themselves.
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Yeah, but by that time he had emphatically established the fact that it was a pentatonic scale and so perhaps the only impressive thing is that the audience was not entirely tone deaf.

EDIT: One can also hear the audience singing slightly off some notes during certain note changes and then later finding the right pitch - which makes it seem like they were perhaps just singing what the more musically inclined people in the audience were singing and not anticipating the notes themselves.

they're on the extreme notes.

the ones that are on the edge of people's vocal abilities (whether that be too high for them or too low)
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#27
That's awesome.
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#28
I think the audience skipped the 7th degree because it was harder to "hear" than other degrees of the major scale. Combined with McFerrin's larger jump, they instinctively went to the next tone down on the diatonic scale, the 6th degree, which establishes the pentatonic scale.

...modes and scales are still useless.


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#29
That's awesome, who is this man?
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#30
i think he basically established the pentatonic intervals at first, and after they were locked into a certain pattern in their heads, they didn't think to use any of the tones in between the ones he wanted them to go to, even though they would've sounded just fine musically. It certainly doesn't prove that we are most comfortable with the pentatonic scale, but it's an interesting display of our ability to sense intervals and predict them without musical training.
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#32
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That's awesome, who is this man?


if my memory serves me correct, he's the guy that wrote that Don't Worry Be Happy song

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Yeah, but by that time he had emphatically established the fact that it was a pentatonic scale and so perhaps the only impressive thing is that the audience was not entirely tone deaf.

EDIT: One can also hear the audience singing slightly off some notes during certain note changes and then later finding the right pitch - which makes it seem like they were perhaps just singing what the more musically inclined people in the audience were singing and not anticipating the notes themselves.


I remember reading some article somewhere about how large groups of people (eg: soccer stadiums and such) can stay in tune surprisingly well, about how a large majority of people are not completely tone deaf
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