I'm getting started on functional analysis and trying to understand the Pink Panther theme by Henry Mancini.
These is the chord chart I got for the first part (from someone more musically competent than myself):
Em % C9 % Em % F9 % Em % C9 % Em % C9 B7#9 Em
(% means repeat the last chord)
I'm progressing on my own analysis (posted below), but have a few questions:
- How do I identify the key? Is it inherently subjective? Or are there "hard rules"?
- What functions do these chords have in the song?
- Are there borrowed chords here?
- Is there a database or resource out there with functional analyses of songs (so I can self-check my work without pestering you all? :) Or should I stop pretending to be an autodidact and get a teacher?)
My (likely wrong) analysis so far: My initial guess was that the key of the song is based in E, since that seems to be the most common chord, and other chords seem (sound) like resolving to E.
The sheet music I could find (in concert pitch) has one sharp, so that seems to confirm that (G major, Em being the relative minor?)
Looking at melody, the initial D# and F sound like grace notes (?), so that leaves us with the notes E, G, A, B, C, D, and a very distinctive (and long) Bb (B flat) . If we ignore the C for a moment, that looks like a blues scale. (E G A Bb B D). Or, if we consider the "grace" notes and exclude the Bb as an accidental, we have a natural minor (E, F#, G, A, B, C, D). I'm not sure which one is "correct".
Unfortunately, if E natural minor is indeed the key of the song, I'm unable to understand the function of the other chords (C, F). I guess "C" here means C dominant 7? (because of the Bb) The natural F, in particular, seems very strange, and I can't make sense of it (other than the implied chromatic progression B -> Bb -> B -> C), as it seems like a borrowed chord (?), but I don't know how to tell where from.