Bobby McFerrin and the Pentatonic Scale

In this short video, from the 2009 World Science Festival, Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power and universality of the pentatonic scale. Using his audience as an "instrument", McFerrin dances across a giant, imaginary keyboard - think Tom Hanks in the movie, Big - to create a visual metaphor for the pentatonic scale.  As the performance progresses,, the audience sings a simple pentatonic melody, (in tune, no less!) while McFerrin, still dancing, sings a duet with his impromptu chorus.  By the end, the audience, with no prompting other than McFerrin's " dance steps, sings a complete, two-octave, pentatonic scale!