Bobby McFerrin and the Pentatonic Scale

Today I happened upon this delightful video from, oddly, the World Science Festival 2009:

World Science Festival 2009: Bobby McFerrin Demonstrates the Power of the Pentatonic Scale from World Science Festival on Vimeo.

While I expect he’s made a great deal of money off of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, it’s unfortunate that that’s what most people think of when they hear McFerrin’s name. I don’t know much about jazz, but every time I hear him he strikes me as this remarkably capable and original vocalist.


  1. The guy is incredible… look up CIRCLE SONG. There are so many actually. Check out his vocal version of “Flight of the Bumblebee”

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