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Totoro – Sanpo – Piano Arrangement

Someone asked me to write down the arrangement of the Totoro opening theme that I usually play on piano. So, I have done so and I’m sharing it with all of you:


In case you don’t play, but would like to hear it, here’s (a somewhat low quality) recording of myself:


Feel free to contact me with any comments you may have.

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18 Responses to “Totoro – Sanpo – Piano Arrangement”

  1. hernanon Mar 13th 2008

    Thanks for the sheet. I’m at the moment trying out a guitar version (I’ve other guitar sheets here) and this is helpful. One note, though: you play an D chord at measure 6; comparing this with other versions (and judging by my not very reliable ear) it should be a G.

  2. adminon Mar 18th 2008

    Thanks for checking it out! I’ll double-check when I get a chance.

  3. Magpieon Jan 15th 2009

    This was a beautiful arrangment! I’ve been trying to find a good one and your’s is definitely the best. Thank you so much! Now I just have to figure out how to make my hands big enough to play the cords….

  4. adminon Jan 15th 2009

    You could always chop off a note or two from the chords if they’re too big for your hands.

  5. Cason Jan 12th 2010

    your da best!! 😛 i love totoro and since i havnt learnd my piano music i will try to spend all of it learning this 😛 thx soooooo much iu rule!!! wateshiwa genki!!!

  6. Dexteron Feb 7th 2010

    wow. beautiful arrangement c:
    and your recording as well. just awesome.

  7. hernanon Jul 4th 2010

    If someone is interested in my guitar arrangement, it’s here: http://hjg.com.ar/ghibli/musica/totoro-sampo/

  8. Renethon Nov 14th 2011

    thanks for sharing…i love this movie and wanted to learn the piece…can you put the simpliest..im a beginner 🙂 thanks

  9. TOTOROon May 25th 2012

    It’s actually ‘Sanpo’ or in english ‘walk’ (polite suggestion)

  10. Theowneon May 25th 2012

    It’s actually “さんぽ”. Once you study the language for a few years you tend to become less concerned about romaji, particularly in informal contexts =)

  11. JJon Jul 18th 2012


  12. Avlonkpon May 30th 2013

    Thanks so much for making this I’m using this song to try out for Show Choir and this helped so much (they need piano music)

  13. Joelon Mar 28th 2014

    Lovely arrangement! I wish I could play the piano… =)
    How come you didn’t put it in 12/8ths time instead? Would save a lot of triples, I think.
    And definitely should be a G in bar 6.

  14. Vincent Husson Aug 22nd 2014

    Hello !
    i’m also pianist, and i also love to play some video game music, or movie / anime music that i heard. I find your work very good, you play with a engaged style, and taking time to write down sheets and sharing them is just awsome.
    Keep up the good work

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    Keep up the good writing.

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  18. KawaiiSamuon May 26th 2015

    I hope you can help me, does anyone have a flute version of this song. Or does anyone have a website that I can find a flute version of this song. It’s for a music assignment and I really hope you can help :3

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