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How to Play the Pink Panther Theme on Alto Sax (First Line)

by Neal

Got a few requests asking how to play the Pink Panther Theme, by Henry Mancini, on alto sax. It is a bit trickier on alto sax to play it this key which seems to be the most commonly published key (down a whole step from the original key).

Starts on a Db concert. That’s Eb (or D#) for tenor/soprano sax and A# for alto/bari sax.

If you would like to learn the rest, I recommend learning it by ear or buying the sheet music (alto sax/piano arrangement).

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Mark September 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Neal I learned the pink panther theme some time now on your postings, I played it on an Alto sax but I used the D# Eb style it sounds wonderful, I also have the notes for the Alto version

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Neal September 17, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Hey Mark, cool, yep, I think it probably sounds better and flows more easily starting on D#, but if you want to play in the original key on alto sax, it would start the other way.

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ricky rdz September 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm

you shoul teach the whole song

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Neal September 21, 2012 at 12:10 pm

You can learn it by ear or buy it

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......... November 29, 2012 at 5:16 am

Cmon neal, teach us the rest, it doesnt hurt.

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Neal December 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm

You can contact the copyright holder of Henry Mancini’s music and ask permission for that. Or you can learn it by ear. Or you can buy the music.

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Akshat January 2, 2013 at 4:45 am

Hey Neal,
Your site has helped me greatly. I just started the saxaphone and am trying to play the pink panther on it.
I learned all that you showed in the video but i wanna learn the whole song. Please help me out.

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Neal January 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm

There’s a link to buy the music if you want, otherwise try learning it by ear.

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Matthew January 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

Neal can you please put up mario bros i would love to learn that song please Neal

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Matthew January 14, 2013 at 8:17 pm

On alto sax

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Neal January 14, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Possibly, thanks for the suggestion.

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Nathan Madine April 4, 2013 at 7:45 am

Hi Neal
I recently purchased an Artemis MkIII Alto Saxophone. I am using a 2 1/2 reed. Is this the appropriate saxophone to be using as a begineer or do you reccommend using a different brand?

Kind Regards

Nathan Madine

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Neal April 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

It’s probably all right, I haven’t played one, but read something about it and it seems like it’s okay.

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jacob April 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

hi i in 5th grade and i play the alto saxophone and i thank you for your wonderful videos it helped me a lot

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Neal April 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Hey Jacob, thanks for saying that.

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Vinay May 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

Hey Niel,
My problem is I don’t know the use of the other keys… For eg. What notes do the keys on the sides below and behind do? What keys are used for sharps and flats. I just know the c major scale and am blank on the rest…

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Neal May 14, 2013 at 8:00 pm

You should get lessons and a book or two. Check out Saxophone Tribe if you want to learn more from me http://saxophonetribe.com Thanks

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Simon December 15, 2014 at 9:07 am

Hey Neal,

Just came across this (new sax player hear)

I have almost nailed this tune, but I use the following and was wandering if there is anything wrong with that.

G# A__ B C__ G# A B C Fo Eo A C Eo E~o___Do C AGA___
G# A__ B C__ G# A B C Fo Eo C Eo Ao G#o_________
G# A__ B C__G# A B C Fo Eo A C Eo E~o___Do C AGA___
Ao Go Eo Do C A E~o Do E~o Do E~o Do E~o Do C AGA A____

# = sharp
~ = flat
o = Octave key

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Neal December 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Hello Simon,
Basically, it looks like you played the melody in a different key. You can play any melody starting on any note, but often we want to play music in the original key. The key that I did in this video isn’t actually the original key, but it is a key that the song is commonly played in (more commonly than what you seemed to have played).

Sometimes that happens, an example is Autumn Leaves for which musicians tend to play it in one of two keys.

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