Pink Panther Theme Guitar Lesson – Henry Mancini


Difficulty: Level I
Length: 9:18

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With our guitar tutorial on Pink Panther Theme, you will learn these guitar skills:
  • alternate picking
  • multiple string slides
  • power chords

If I remember correctly, the Pink Panther theme was the second song I learned to play on the guitar (the first was Wipeout). It’s a great song for beginners, since it’s pretty easy, but still has several technical elements which will have you improving your guitar skills.

And of course, it’s fun to play and everyone knows it, probably because of the wacky nature of the entire song.

The cover you’ll learn in our Pink Panther theme guitar lesson is very authentic of the original, which of course has many instruments playing, and we just have a guitar to make do with 🙂 But we’ll get there, as I said, this is a great guitar cover.

So you’ll start out by learning the F# power chord, and do a couple of power chord slides. This will probably be the toughest part of the lesson for most beginner guitarists, as doing slides with the power chord being held down is tough on the fingers. You have to keep them really rigid to maintain the power chord shape, so you’ll probably want to practice that a bit.

Once you’ve got the slide down, you’ll learn that so characteristic main Pink Panther theme, which will have you practicing alternate plucking, slides, hammer-ons, so you’ll be giving lead guitarist inside you a nice workout.

All in all, the Pink Panther theme is pretty easy to play on guitar. Beginner guitarists will find it lots of fun, but more advanced players will enjoy the quirky nature of the song as well.

Pink Panther song details

The Pink Panther theme was written by Henry Mancini in 1963 for the film The Pink Panther. Henry Mancini was an American composer who won a record 20 Grammy awards throughout his career.

The Pink Panther Theme was used in all 11 Pink Panther movies, as well as being featured in a number of TV shows and cover version played by various artists. You may not know that the cartoon character was created for the film, and was later made into a cartoon series.

Pink Panther awards and rankings (1964)

  • 3 Grammy Awards
  • Billboard adult contemporary chart: #1

If you want to refine the skills you learned in Pink Panther Theme, check out these lessons on songs by clicking these links:
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4 replies
  1. cgl
    cgl says:

    Hi, I’m enjoying practicing the songs. My sound for Wipe Out improved (although it needs lot more improvement). I just started practicing the Pink Panther theme, but I’m having trouble coinciding the rhythm with the notes. Would you be able to post a video/sound of the way you play the whole theme in sequence? I looked in youtube and other sites but they all seem to have complicated additional notes within or are not on a guitar. Thanks!

    • Tom -
      Tom - says:

      Hi, there is a demo at the beginning of the lesson video. Listening to it now, I am up-tempo, and my timing is off, I start each section a bit early. Sorry about that. But you can still get a feel for how the song should play out.

  2. Bobbyj2004
    Bobbyj2004 says:

    I’m a bit perplexed as to how this and wipe out are deemed beginner songs?? These both are very technical. Where do I find other songs in the menu?

    • Tom -
      Tom - says:

      Yes, these are beginner songs. Start out slowly, and use the downloadable tabs to learn the song. You can find more songs in the Guitar Lessons menu, where you can filter to Level 1 songs.


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