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(YouTube) Video Happy Birthday to singer and music educator Bobby McFerrin. Once again, he proves the power of the pentatonic scale in the coolest way possible   (youtube.com) divider line 39
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2014-03-11 09:10:49 AM  
Isn't he that self-help guru?


/Don't Worry Be Happy
 
2014-03-11 10:28:16 AM  
home.fm
 
2014-03-11 10:34:33 AM  
Is this the video of him using a tech show audience as a musical instrument? Yup.
 
2014-03-11 10:35:12 AM  
ionetheurbandaily.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-03-11 10:44:23 AM  
bah.
 
2014-03-11 10:53:22 AM  

AltheaToldMe: [home.fm image 576x576]


THIS.
 
2014-03-11 11:23:14 AM  
One of my living heroes.  Happy Birthday Bobby!
 
2014-03-11 11:27:10 AM  
I prefer ginantonic.
 
2014-03-11 11:34:03 AM  
On a related note, I saw him last night on Jimmy Fallon (I managed to come into the room while someone else was watching) and the dude still has it.  Still scats like nobody else.  The best part though was that he got Fallon to get on mike with him, and he actually kept up.  He looked half terrified the entire time, but it was still pretty good.  Worth a watch.

Also this was entertaining, if old.
 
2014-03-11 11:35:18 AM  
That was pretty damned cool... Guy looks like he's still having fun with life. Good for him!
 
2014-03-11 11:39:49 AM  
Pentecostal  scale!

/obscure?
//Return of the Son of Shoogagoogagunga
 
2014-03-11 11:40:34 AM  
img3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2014-03-11 11:49:52 AM  
Is he being sued by The Black Keys?
 
2014-03-11 12:13:30 PM  

AltheaToldMe: [home.fm image 576x576]


Awesome Accapella band that do average to bad covers of popular songs. They have talent, that's obvious. I just prefer the original of pretty much everything I have heard from them. Like, why would I drop $1.29 on the same song, just because you are really talented and can remake the same muisc with your voices and mouths?

To be fair, if they did more like "Can't Hold Us" I'd be more impressed. This is their own version of the song, not just repeating the same bit.

Then again, they have 100's of millions of youtube hits, so WTF do I know.
 
2014-03-11 12:41:31 PM  
Gee, what a surprise. An audience can spontaneously sing sequential notes of the pentatonic scale, the thing that they've been taught in music class since grade school and the very foundation of all Western music.

Now, do it with the chromatic scale or the whole tone scale, and I'll be impressed.
 
2014-03-11 01:58:51 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: AltheaToldMe: [home.fm image 576x576]

Awesome Accapella band that do average to bad covers of popular songs. They have talent, that's obvious. I just prefer the original of pretty much everything I have heard from them. Like, why would I drop $1.29 on the same song, just because you are really talented and can remake the same muisc with your voices and mouths?

To be fair, if they did more like "Can't Hold Us" I'd be more impressed. This is their own version of the song, not just repeating the same bit.

Then again, they have 100's of millions of youtube hits, so WTF do I know.


Saw them live in Baltimore. They put on a pretty good show. Kevin came out and did his beat boxing while playing the cello which is just damned impressive.

However, the teenie bopper crowd made me want to gouge out my dear drums.
 
2014-03-11 02:55:35 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: AltheaToldMe: [home.fm image 576x576]

Awesome Accapella band that do average to bad covers of popular songs. They have talent, that's obvious. I just prefer the original of pretty much everything I have heard from them. Like, why would I drop $1.29 on the same song, just because you are really talented and can remake the same muisc with your voices and mouths?

To be fair, if they did more like "Can't Hold Us" I'd be more impressed. This is their own version of the song, not just repeating the same bit.

Then again, they have 100's of millions of youtube hits, so WTF do I know.


Their cover of Radioactive with Lindsey Stirling is just fantastic. Better than the original.

Also a really fun group to hear in person. It's a shame that they all get all nervous and quiet when they actually have to talk to the audience.
 
2014-03-11 03:00:18 PM  
He's so much more than Don't Worry Be Happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4BhsYbXwf4
 
2014-03-11 04:31:40 PM  

tanman1975: Jim from Saint Paul: AltheaToldMe: [home.fm image 576x576]

Awesome Accapella band that do average to bad covers of popular songs. They have talent, that's obvious. I just prefer the original of pretty much everything I have heard from them. Like, why would I drop $1.29 on the same song, just because you are really talented and can remake the same muisc with your voices and mouths?

To be fair, if they did more like "Can't Hold Us" I'd be more impressed. This is their own version of the song, not just repeating the same bit.

Then again, they have 100's of millions of youtube hits, so WTF do I know.

Their cover of Radioactive with Lindsey Stirling is just fantastic. Better than the original.

Also a really fun group to hear in person. It's a shame that they all get all nervous and quiet when they actually have to talk to the audience.


Definetly different. Still, isn;t the violin cheating?
 
2014-03-11 04:34:53 PM  

Rickj: He's so much more than Don't Worry Be Happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4BhsYbXwf4


Only takes 12 guys to replace him.
 
2014-03-11 04:56:06 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: Rickj: He's so much more than Don't Worry Be Happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4BhsYbXwf4

Only takes 12 guys to replace him.


That's definitely not Scottish.
 
2014-03-11 05:19:00 PM  
You could say he has a lot of *puts on sunglasses*.... pent up energy.
 
2014-03-11 05:21:48 PM  

Majick Thise: /Don't Worry Be Happy


I avoided listening to any of McFerrin's other stuff for over a decade because of this song, which had the exact opposite of its intended effect on me. It's not often that I loathe a song enough that it causes me to scream "F*CK OFF!" at the radio when it comes on, but that one did the trick. Even the Macerena paled in comparison to the frothing rage that DWBH induced.

Then a guitar player in my band played McFerrin's cover of Sunshine of Your Love for me. Oh yeah.
 
2014-03-11 05:45:01 PM  

Dragonflew: Majick Thise: /Don't Worry Be Happy

I avoided listening to any of McFerrin's other stuff for over a decade because of this song, which had the exact opposite of its intended effect on me. It's not often that I loathe a song enough that it causes me to scream "F*CK OFF!" at the radio when it comes on, but that one did the trick. Even the Macerena paled in comparison to the frothing rage that DWBH induced.

Then a guitar player in my band played McFerrin's cover of Sunshine of Your Love for me. Oh yeah.


For me, it was his cover of the Beatle's "From Me to You" that really caught my attention.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEOrMlt5wsQ

Spontaneous Inventions is the only Bobby McFerrin CD that I own, so I'm sure that I've missed out on a lot.  But it is an awesome CD.
 
2014-03-11 06:05:06 PM  
I wanna be Bobby McFerrin's roadie.
 
2014-03-11 06:07:04 PM  
Hey,
We have same birthday and same first names.
Bobbys rock!!!
 
2014-03-11 06:41:14 PM  

Dragonflew: I wanna be Bobby McFerrin's roadie.


Ha!  That made me laugh.  Good one.
 
2014-03-11 07:11:30 PM  

Dragonflew: I wanna be Bobby McFerrin's roadie.


Heh. Really.
 
2014-03-11 09:54:30 PM  
I saw this awhile back. That was pretty cool and I still don't get how I knew what that note would be when I know ziltch about music.
 
2014-03-11 09:57:28 PM  

Uzzah: Gee, what a surprise. An audience can spontaneously sing sequential notes of the pentatonic scale, the thing that they've been taught in music class since grade school and the very foundation of all Western music.

Now, do it with the chromatic scale or the whole tone scale, and I'll be impressed.


The pentatonic scale is taught in grade school and is the very foundation of all Western music?  I can't think of many Bach chorals that use it, sorry.  I think you missed the entire point of this video, which certainly wasn't about impressing anyone .  Maybe you're thinking of the major (or minor) scale:  do re mi fa so la ti do.  Everyone learns that, right?  The pentatonic scale is the same, but skips certain intervals:  the 4th and 7th steps of the major scale (2nd and 6th of the minor scale).  When McFerrin leads the audience, they instinctually make the correct skips - that is impressive.  It's because they've heard the pentatonic all their lives, even if they don't know it, but that's the point.  Whenever you hear musicians say, "Oh, theory?  I don't know or use any music theory, that's for eggheads," they're full of it.  All musicians use music theory, whether they know it or not.

What would be impressive about doing it with the chromatic scale?  That's just the slow climb you hear every high school choir and orchestra do in warmups before a concert.  And yeah, sure it'd be impressive if they did the whole tone scale - it's a weird scale.  Why would they know how to sing it?  The video is about the magic of the pentatonic scale in particular.  There's a reason it's so popular, and the whole tone scale isn't.  The fact that the audience spontaneously sang the correct scale with the correct intervals shows how ingrained it is in our culture and how easily it comes to us, even when we're not told what the notes are beforehand.  There's something about it that comes naturally to us; that's why it's "magic" and that's the point of the video.
 
2014-03-11 10:28:10 PM  

OnlyM3: I saw this awhile back. That was pretty cool and I still don't get how I knew what that note would be when I know ziltch about music.


You don't have to know anything about theory. You have listened to music all your life. Believe it or not, you know a lot about music.

Part of the reason you knew the next note: Most of the children's songs you learned in your formative years are based on a simple major scale (ionian mode). This is the "do, re, mi, fa.." etc.that everyone is familiar with. You heard these songs over and over, you are intimately familiar with that scale.

At the first of the video, he taught the audience "do" and "re", so when he jumped another position up the stage, your mind will instinctively jump to "mi" like you learned all through childhood because it is just naturally the next note. As he went along, he added two more notes from that major scale to make up a pentatonic (five note) scale. Those two additional notes are also part of the scale you're so familiar with, so you and the audience learn immediately.

If you were able to mentally follow along with the notes he was jumping to, then I bet you could duplicate that melody on a piano within about a minute. If you start with C (he doesn't), you can even figure out the melody by watching the space between the jumps and matching that on the keyboard. There is one gap where a key is skipped (for instance, if you played it in C, you would skip the B key).

Sorry for rambling.  Though I have been a musician all my life, I don't know a hell of a lot at all about theory, so any Farker please feel free to correct my inaccuracies or clarify my ideas. :)
 
2014-03-11 10:47:30 PM  
God DAMMIT, I miss the music tab. Or at least the music tab's potential.
 
2014-03-11 10:51:51 PM  

Dragonflew: God DAMMIT, I miss the music tab. Or at least the music tab's potential.

 
2014-03-11 11:42:26 PM  

AltheaToldMe: Dragonflew: God DAMMIT, I miss the music tab. Or at least the music tab's potential.

 
2014-03-12 04:00:36 AM  
Didn't the guy that *wrote* the DWBH song commit suicide or something?

/ teh irony
 
2014-03-12 09:05:46 AM  

Rickj: He's so much more than Don't Worry Be Happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4BhsYbXwf4



I saw him in concert in the early 90s...a great show.  It's amazing how much he's able to do on his own.  During the concert he was very clear about the fact that he hated performing Don't Worry Be Happy (and he didn't), but that he was thankful for the recognition (i.e., money) that song brought him.
 
2014-03-12 11:38:09 AM  

muwaryer: Rickj: He's so much more than Don't Worry Be Happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4BhsYbXwf4


I saw him in concert in the early 90s...a great show.  It's amazing how much he's able to do on his own.  During the concert he was very clear about the fact that he hated performing Don't Worry Be Happy (and he didn't), but that he was thankful for the recognition (i.e., money) that song brought him.


That's one of those songs I should probably hate, based on my tastes, but it's so damn relaxing...
 
2014-03-12 12:43:39 PM  

CzarChasm: Didn't the guy that *wrote* the DWBH song commit suicide or something?


Bobby McFerrin? Nope, he is still very much alive, obviously. He also didn't kill himself in the 80s, which is how long that tale has been around.
 
2014-03-12 05:22:33 PM  
Dragonflew [TotalFark]
2014-03-11 10:28:10 PM

>>> OnlyM3: I saw this awhile back. That was pretty cool and I still don't get how I knew what that note
>>> would be when I know ziltch about music.


...Sorry for rambling. Though I have been a musician all my life, I don't know a hell of a lot at all about theory, so any Farker please feel free to correct my inaccuracies or clarify my ideas. :)
Not rambling, that was interesting.
 
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