Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy Sequence

This sequence is based on the love-able whistle melody from Bobby McFerrin’s hit song, Don’t Worry Be Happy.


This song was written for the romance film Cocktail, which starred Tom Cruise and Elizabeth Shue. It made history that year by reaching the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list (1988), which is even more remarkable because it was the first a cappella song to reach the billboard charts at all.


The notes and rhythms of this tune provide little challenge, so I challenge you to strive to communicate a bigger idea. Can you play this song and sound obviously happy? Can you communicate that happiness with a listener and make them FEEL IT?

In the music world, there is a growing number of people that can play all of the notes. Unfortunately, there is also a growing number of people that ONLY get all the notes. Be one of the people that plays with life, and makes the listener FEEL something.

How do you fill your music with life? How do you communicate feelings to a listener? Share in the comments! I would love to hear your ideas.

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Stay in the moment, and choose happiness today.

Happy Practicing!

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