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Are we wired to the pentatonic scale in our genes?
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gwscheer
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Bobby McFerrin, perhaps most known for his hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy", demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale at the 2009 World Science Festival. Using audience participation, McFerrin shows that we all understand music innately.

"Make every note beautiful", Ivan Galamian

“To play a wrong note is INSIGNIFICANT; To play without PASSION is INEXCUSABLE!” , Ludvig Van Beethovan

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KindaScratchy
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Wow. That's fascinating.

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how cool is that! and how fun?! what an interesting thing to look into for the world of neurology and musicians alike

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I always knew I had as much musical talent as Mozart.  But then, as usual, he started young and I didn't.

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Mate. That was fantastic 

There may be some hope for 'by ear' players yet rofl

 

I always reckoned it was 'hard wired' thumbs-up

 

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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I think the show was rigged.  That is, I believe he'd already rehearsed it with some members of the audience.  Look how they sang the third without needing a definition of it  (Yes, I'm aware that I may be begging the question).  At that point most of the audience laughs because they aren't participating and they know something is up.  The laughter is a lot louder than the singing.  Or so it seems to me.

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Prairie Home Companion shows sometimes include a routine where Keeler takes a few minutes to teach the audience sections different parts (SATB) and then everyone sings.  Just shows what can be done with a cooperative audience.  (And, it's real.  I was there.)

 

 

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Fiddlerman
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Actually, I would have sung the same tones automatically just as they did. I actually did sing them in my head while watching it. :)

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but the one who needs the least."

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Gee Whiz, @RosinedUp, if you can't trust neuoroscientists and Bobby Mcferrin who can you trust ? I don't think its rigged. gws

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“To play a wrong note is INSIGNIFICANT; To play without PASSION is INEXCUSABLE!” , Ludvig Van Beethovan

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gwscheer said

Gee Whiz, @RosinedUp, if you can't trust neuoroscientists and Bobby Mcferrin who can you trust ? I don't think its rigged. gws

Yeah, how could you ever doubt someone who just wants you to not worry and be happy. ;)

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@Fiddlerman: But you're a pro, and you've been in music a long time. You have a well-developed musical intelligence and intuition.

@gwscheer and @KindaScratchy: LOL

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I know it is not rigged because the tones came to me too!!

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I don't know about the intelligence part. LOL

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