How to Play the Pink Panther Song on the Piano

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How to Play the Pink Panther Song on the Piano
The"Pink Panther" theme is relatively simple to learn on the piano. (playing piano 2 image by Anthony Maragou from

The theme song for "The Pink Panther" is a very recognisable melody that was written by Henry Mancini. Mancini was a highly awarded composer, conductor and arranger who specialised in jazz music wrote theme songs for multiple television shows and movies. A piano version of "The Pink Panther" theme needs to played with a slow, sultry four-beat rhythm with a jazzy, swing feel.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Place your right thumb on the C below middle C and your left little finger on the C that is two octaves below middle C. This will be your starting position for the song.

  2. 2

    Play an Eb below middle C in your right hand and quickly move to the E key. Play the E key while simultaneously playing an E that is one octave (a set of eight keys) below the first E with your left hand. The rest of the notes in your right hand will be in the octave below middle C, and the notes in your left hand will be within the octave below your right hand.

  3. 3

    Play a Gb with your right hand and quickly move to the G key in your right hand as you play a B with your left.

  4. 4

    Repeat step one, followed by a sequence of Gb, G, high C, B, E, and G in your right hand. As you play the last G, play a D with your left hand.

  5. 5

    Play a B and then a Bb in your right hand. Play a C with your left hand at the same time that you play the Bb.

  6. 6

    Play a G in your left hand, followed by a right hand sequence of A, G, E, D, E. Finish this phrase with a C in your left hand.

  7. 7

    Pause for a moment and play a C#, followed by a D in your left hand. Then play steps two and three once more.

  8. 8

    Play a right hand sequence of G, B, E, and Eb. Play an F in your left hand when you play the Eb in your right. Follow that with a C and another F in your left hand

  9. 9

    Repeat steps two through six again. Follow this with a C#, D, D# and E in your left hand.

  10. 10

    Play the following right hand sequence, which moves down from the higher E to the lower one and back up again: E, D, B, A, G, E.

  11. 11

    Play four series of Bb and then A in your right hand.

  12. 12

    Play an E in your left hand as you play the following series of notes in your right: G, E, D, E.

  13. 13

    Play an E in your right hand followed by a B and then an E in your left. Finish the melody with a G, B and Eb played simultaneously with your right hand.

Tips and warnings

  • You must know the pitches and their locations on the piano before you can play a song like this one. If you are unsure about the pitches, study a chart, such as the one in the resource section.
  • Listen to "The Pink Panther" theme song to familiarise yourself with the feel of the rhythm. This will make playing the song easier.

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