How to play the Mission: Impossible theme on Saxophone

On this page, we'll be learning how to play the Mission: Impossible theme on Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone or Soprano Saxophone!

The Mission: Impossible theme was composed by four-time Grammy Award winning Argentine composer Lalo Schifrin, and first appeared in the Mission: Impossible TV show in the 1960s – when Tom Cruise was still in elementary school. Slightly different versions of the theme have been recorded for each of the movies in the series, including Mission: Impossible (1996), Ghost Protocol (2011), Rogue Nation (2015) and Fallout (2018).

The Mission: Impossible theme is known for its unusual 5/4 time signature, meaning that there are 5 beats in every bar. Schifrin has joked that this is so that people with five legs can dance to it. The underlying rhythm could also be inspired by the Morse code for the letters M and I: two long sounds followed by two short ones.

Fingering

These are the keys on your saxophone you'll be using to play this song:

Saxophone fingering diagram

Watch the Tutorial

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