Pharrell Williams – Happy (Instrumental Tab)

Pharrell Williams – Happy (Tab)

To counteract yesterday’s gloomfest I decided to do a version of the most cheerful song of the summer. Plus I was feeling like a room without a roof so this is the smiliest I have looked in any video ever.

Technique Notes

For the most part I’m playing the verses and the middle picking and the chorus with strums.

In the chorus I’m using a triplet technique (although I’m not actually playing triplets) by strumming down with my index finger, then flicking my index finger up, then my middle finger up. But that’s very much optional. You can strum it however seems appropriate to you.

In the middle section I’m recreating the soul-claps by playing muted notes on the g-string.


In the tab I’ve just indicated to repeat the verse twice. Which you can certainly get away with. For my version I’ve done a few variations in the timing. The only big difference is the “No offence to you…” bit. There I play this:


Making it Easier

This one is a bit tricky. So a couple of pointers for making it easier.

You can drop the harmony in the riff and just play it like this:


The muted notes in the middle section are very tricky. So you can just drop those in that section and play it with just the sparse melody.


Buy the original on iTunes
Ukulele chords for Happy

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  1. kian August 28th, 2014 9:26 pm

    You are a wonderful human being with a lovely smile

  2. Carrie August 28th, 2014 10:50 pm

    I concur, the loveliest smile!

  3. Matt August 29th, 2014 4:45 am

    And an epic beard that’s coming along very nicely.

    Also, you’re pretty darned good at ukulele.

  4. Woodshed August 29th, 2014 9:51 am

    kian and Carrie: Yes, I brighten a room just by walking in.

    Matt: Thanks! I’ve been putting in a lot of work. On the beard, I mean.

  5. Conor Brown August 29th, 2014 3:44 pm

    It certainly wouldn’t have the same ring to it if it was “Clap along if you feel like Julia Child without clafoutis”

    No wonder the song doesn’t really make sense.

  6. Woodshed September 1st, 2014 2:55 pm

    Conor: I have no idea how to pronounce ‘clafoutis’ but it certainly wouldn’t rhyme with truth!

  7. Judy Odrezin September 2nd, 2014 1:25 pm

    Hey!!! I got the tabs off UT and have learned it another way…another key…but think I will take this with me diving to relearn your way….love this song!

  8. karl September 2nd, 2014 3:12 pm

    Actually, you do look a bit like something without a roof ;)

  9. Woodshed September 3rd, 2014 8:15 pm

    Judy: I’m not sure what UT is but happy learning!

    karl: Hohoho!

  10. Cathy September 8th, 2014 7:39 am

    Wonderful… Thank You!

  11. Woodshed September 8th, 2014 7:55 am

    Cathy: Thanks!

  12. Kate February 25th, 2015 8:25 am

    A little hard for a beginner like me but your rendition definitely made me smile!

  13. Woodshed February 25th, 2015 9:36 am

    Kate: Glad you like it. It’s definitely a harder piece to play.

  14. Ethan Hamilton September 10th, 2015 6:17 pm

    I am sure you get this a lot, but that is the coolest looking ukulele I have ever seen. Where did you get it?

  15. Woodshed September 10th, 2015 8:02 pm

    Ethan: It’s a KoAloha Sceptre.

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