Bobby McFerrin hacks your brain with music

Check out this 3 minute TED video where Bobby McFerrin (“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”) demonstrates how our brains are hardwired for music using the Pentatonic scale, even though for hundreds of years Western music has been based on the Diatonic scale.  It is crazy cool.

Bobby McFerrin hacks your brain with music

For the non-musicians out there, get your music geek on:

Diatonic scale – Wikipedia
Pentatonic scale – Wikipedia


The best part of this for me was that for 2 hours after I showed this to my son, he was wondering around the house improving melodies on the pentatonic scale.  Mind blowingly cool!

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~ by brianherman on February 28, 2010.

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