Parental Advisory: Bobby McFerrin Breaks Down Vocals to a Science



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It's weird to think of renowned musician Bobby McFerrin being on a panel of neuroscientists. Think again. He shows a hands-on approach of how the pentatonic scale is an internationally recognized standard of music. Watching the audience hit the notes is a perfect example of the how our minds visualize a scale of notes, but it's probably only fun if you were there. Why should anyone below the age of 50 care, besides failing it as yawntastic? This is the same guy who put rhythm to the phrase "Don't Worry Be Happy" for folks with two left feet.

Bobby wasn't chosen by accident either. He's a 10-time Grammy award-winning musician who remains so innovative because of his dedication to deconstructing sound: vocal to instrumental. He's releasing his new record VOCAbuLarieS this spring and will be playing at the Barbican Centre in London on May 29th. If you're around, or have parents that still bump Bobby, should most definitely stop through and experience him live. Click here to purchase tickets. Watch his demonstration at the World Science Festival below.




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Parental Advisory: Bobby McFerrin Breaks Down Vocals to a Science