Pharrell/WotE – Happy (Chords)

Pharrell Williams/Walk off the Earth – Happy (Chords)

Walk off the Earth do a great job of making the covers they do look like a ton of fun. Every time they make a new one I get the urge to write it up. And I caved once again with their version of Pharrell Williams’s Happy with Parachute. It combines a funky riff with some tricky jazzy chords.

I’d recommend trying out a few variations of the chords. For example, you could use these for the F7sus4 – F move:

Happy 2

Suggested Strumming

You can use this once for every chord in the choruses:

d – d u – u d –

Which sounds like this:

Happy Strum 1

For something more involved you could do this on the first two chords:

d u x u – u d –

Then on F7sus4:

d – d – – u d

And on F7:

u – u – u – u d u

So you’re switching to the F7 on the last up strum of the bar.

Together they sound like this:

Happy Strum 2

And for the intro and the outro just do five down strums.

Twiddly Bits

Here’s the verse riff:


Here it is played slowly then up to speed:


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  1. Arleth March 26th, 2014 12:30 am

    Yay!! this sounds great. I’ve been loking for chords for this song for a while. can i make a request on here? well i was wondering if its not any trouble if you could do a tab for fly me to the moon by frank sinatra. Thank you

  2. Woodshed March 26th, 2014 6:22 am

    Arleth: Thanks! Sorry, no plans to.

  3. Mark England March 26th, 2014 8:20 am

    Thank you once again Al, can’t wait ti get home and try this. Is it okay if i point Arleth to a decent site with “Fly me to the Moon” tabbed?

  4. Woodshed March 26th, 2014 9:25 am

    Mark: Thanks! Certainly.

  5. Mark England March 26th, 2014 9:29 am

    Arleth: Here a good site which has Fly me to the Moon on:

  6. Stephen Durfee March 26th, 2014 7:12 pm

    Thanks Al, my kids are pretty excited about this. Are you playing up to the 6th fret on the A string for these fancy F7 variation chords?

  7. Woodshed March 26th, 2014 7:32 pm

    Stephen: Yep, playing them on the 5th and 6th frets.

  8. Carrie March 31st, 2014 7:54 pm

    Were you wearing a massive Mountie hat whilst playing this?

  9. Woodshed April 1st, 2014 8:52 am

    Carrie: I did it Blurred Lines style. Chewing on straw while surrounded by models and a goat.

  10. Tulio April 17th, 2014 4:29 pm

    Could anyone please write a tab or partiture of the melodica solo? ( I need those notes )

  11. Megane May 21st, 2014 8:44 pm

    I’m quite screwed with those difficult chords, and i can’t find a proper way to transpose it to find less difficult ones, could you help?

  12. Woodshed May 22nd, 2014 1:34 pm

    Megane: Sorry, it’s a pretty tricky set of chords. I don’t know of a key you could transpose them to that would be much simpler.

  13. Herve B. July 18th, 2014 10:25 pm

    Really cool video and nice tutorial :-)
    I play it almost like you : .

  14. Woodshed July 19th, 2014 10:54 am

    Herve: Thanks!

  15. littleuke September 24th, 2014 12:59 pm

    Your generosity is uplifting : ) The lesson is great <3

  16. Woodshed September 25th, 2014 8:55 am

    littleuke: Thanks very much!

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