Pink Panther/Shot In The Dark (Tab)

Pink Panther (Tab)

At last, a tab I can get right (sort of)

Henry Mancini is probably the most famous writer of TV and film scores. Many of his themes are so memorable as to outlive their original source; such as Baby Elephant Walk (from the forgotten film Hatari) and Peter Gunn (from the hipster detective series of the same name).

Mancini’s theme for the Pink Panther films (and later TV show) strikes the perfect balance between detective intrigue and humour. My version of it – which slips into another Mancini detective theme A Shot In The Dark – was developed from a guitar arrangement by Colin Reid.

The main trick to get right in this tune is the balance between the melody and the chord accompaniment. You should concentrate on keeping the melody strong and at the forefront while while the chords are more soft and only played between the melody notes. I’ve tabbed the chords very loosely as I usual improvise the rhythm for the accompaniment. For expert use of this style check out Ohta-San.

Tricky sections of this piece are bars 9 and 13. Although these bars are essentially the same, you need to finger them differently or you’ll come unstuck. I’ve put the left hand fingering I use in these section underneath the tab and done the same for the run in bar 20. I should say that, even though I don’t do it in the video, it would be best to repeat the first section of the tab as it is the most recognisable part.

The tune finishes on the ‘International Man of Mystery Chord’. This chord is an Am7M. It contains a minor third but a minor seventh giving a double identity which has made it almost ubiquitous in spy and detective themes.

One final consideration: it’s absolutely essential that you play this tune on pink strings.

Requested by Fran.

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  1. FranSpain June 25th, 2007 10:14 pm

    THAAAAAAAAAANKS!!!! You have free drinks when visit Spain :-))))

  2. Woodshed June 25th, 2007 10:19 pm

    You’re welcome, Fran. I’ll hold you to that :P

  3. ukulele-coolia June 26th, 2007 3:19 pm

    Thanks very much for the tab!

  4. Woodshed June 26th, 2007 6:37 pm

    You’re welcome. Enjoy playing it.

  5. jennyflame June 26th, 2007 6:38 pm

    This version of Pink Panther rocks!

  6. Woodshed June 26th, 2007 6:39 pm

    Thank you, Jenny. I hope to hear your version soon :P

  7. Alejandro August 14th, 2007 4:35 am

    Can You teach Me that picking

  8. Pitto November 3rd, 2007 4:04 pm

    Free drink and host for Rome, Italy, too! :D

    I want to buy an uku to begin…
    What would you suggest?
    I already play the guitar so I’d like to buy something that…
    It’s a real instrument…
    Even if cheap.

    Would you suggest soprano?
    I would also like something that can be amplified too…
    I know nothing about brands and costs…
    Any hints?

  9. Woodshed November 5th, 2007 12:51 am

    Thanks, Pitto. Pretty soon I’ll be able to drink my way around Europe :D

    I switched from guitar to uke too. My favourite size uke is concert but all sizes have their advantages. If you’re anything like me, you’ll end up with one of each anyway.

    For amplified ukes check out the Ovation Applause semi-acoustics ukes or RISA have some cool and unusual full-electric ukes.

  10. michele January 31st, 2008 5:05 am

    this is so awesome!

    after watching the video i couldn’t wait to learn it :)

    ps. i guess in order to follow suit i should offer you a drink whever you come to visit historic, mechaniscburg, pennsylvania. bet, you can’t wait for that one


  11. Woodshed January 31st, 2008 9:55 am

    Thanks, Michelle. I shall add you to my ‘World Drinking Tour’ map :)

  12. patrick February 13th, 2008 2:01 pm

    Nice work…it makes me realise how far I really have to go to consider myself competent. If you come down to Surrey I’ll buy you a drink or two (in between reaally bad jamming of course).

  13. Tommacg April 29th, 2008 11:39 am

    just started playing Ukulele about two weeks ago and it really is a lovely instrument…but this website makes it all the sweeter. great taste in songs man..and this pink panther one is challenging too which is always a plus

  14. Woodshed April 29th, 2008 6:14 pm

    Thanks, Tom. I’ve just checked out your MySpace. Love your songs.

  15. federico garcia August 1st, 2008 6:23 am

    hello i wanna learn this song can you send me the tabs or any links to it i would really appreciate it thank you. ohhhh and by the way awesome playing.

  16. Woodshed August 1st, 2008 7:39 am

    Click where it says ‘Pink Panther (Tabs)’

  17. Rob August 1st, 2008 3:40 pm

    Nice playing Al.Peter Sellars( also a uke player) would be proud.

  18. Woodshed August 3rd, 2008 4:28 pm

    Thanks, Rob.

  19. Prashant October 21st, 2008 5:32 pm

    that was simply awesome.. i have been trying to learn this tune for a few days not. Keep up the good work.

  20. Woodshed October 21st, 2008 7:19 pm

    Thanks, Prashant.

  21. Uke January 24th, 2009 10:28 pm

    wow that vid makes me realise how much i suck… thats insane!!

  22. bellaispartmoose July 24th, 2009 6:29 pm

    Thanks SO much for the tab! I only just discovered this website and THANK GOD i did :) it is beyond the valley of immensity :-D
    Is that you on the Video?? if so you are past the wall of awesome and miles ahead of the river of cool :)
    I love this site <3

  23. Woodshed July 24th, 2009 7:53 pm

    bella: Thanks so much for the kind words. Yes, that is me in the video.

  24. Oli June 13th, 2010 9:27 pm

    Woodshed – Thanks so much for this tab/video, it’s fantastic. I got my uke a view months back, and haven’t played it that much until I discovered this site. I’ve been playing the guitar for years and I recently got a mandolin – which I love (but could do with a site like this for!), but your site has now put the uke on top of the pile.
    I’d learnt a guitar version of the pink panther theme as tabbed by Colin Reid in a guitar magazine years ago, but this sounds much better than my rendition of that! Thanks again.

  25. Woodshed June 14th, 2010 5:08 pm

    Oli: Thanks so much for the kind words. Glad you’re enjoying the site and the uke.

  26. connor August 28th, 2011 9:23 pm

    Thanks for the tabs, i have my own little version :P

  27. Woodshed August 30th, 2011 11:47 am

    connor: Excellent work! Sounds great.

  28. taylor October 9th, 2011 6:49 pm

    hey i couldn’t help but notice, is your uke tuned up at all in this video? it’s either that or my uke is hopelessly flat and my tuner is broken. . .

  29. taylor October 25th, 2011 11:29 pm

    which i should probably mention is an actual concern since my tuner is almost out of battery and is having trouble with tuning

  30. george November 20th, 2011 4:56 am

    This owns, Woodshed. thanks a lot. :)

  31. Woodshed November 20th, 2011 8:02 am

    George: Thanks!

  32. Camilla July 16th, 2012 1:12 am

    Hey Woodshed,
    I recently just got my uke and this is the song I will strive for… Great tab and well played! Free drink when you come to Sydney :)

  33. Woodshed July 17th, 2012 8:14 am

    Camilla: Thanks! Good luck with it!

  34. SIms April 11th, 2013 5:31 pm

    Hi Woodshed! What does x mean in your tab?

  35. Woodshed April 11th, 2013 10:44 pm

    Slms: They’re muted strings (muted with the fretting hand).

  36. Emanuele November 9th, 2017 2:42 pm

    I woodshed, Very good!
    But I can’t download the sheet…

  37. Woodshed November 10th, 2017 6:20 am

    Emanuele: Sorry about that. It seems to be working now. Or here’s an alternaive link.

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