Bobby McFerrin Knows You Know

The pentatonic scale that is. What’s the pentatonic scale you ask? Well, you likely know it already, just sing along, you’ll get it:

Is this some kind of universal kernel that is at the heart of all other scales and musics? Or is it that modern western music – based as it is on transcultural history particularly of the American South where the blues inhabited the pentatonic scale – has taught a certain set of scales to the world? I’d vote for the latter, but I’d be interested in hearing any case made for the former.

Maybe we can show this video to those still in the thrall of the “worship wars” to explain that all our music is much more similar than we suppose?