Play and Sing – Happy

Two male LPO musicians play their instruments on the left, whilst a female musician plays OrchLab Squares on the right.

In this activity, play and sing along with us as we perform a song that’s guaranteed to make you feel cheerful – ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams! This song was featured in the movie ‘Despicable Me 2,’ and was so popular when it came out that it was the most successful song of 2014!

For this play along, we will also show you how you can join in with the OrchLab Soundmakers, and perhaps you could add some of your own lyrics about things that make you happy?

Watch the video titled ‘About this activity’ first. You can also find videos below which show you how to use Circles, Squares and Lines to join in. Then, when you know how you’d like to join in, watch the video titled ‘Play along.’

About this activity

Play along:

About this activity – Circles:

About this activity – Squares:

About this activity – Lines:

Play along – Circles, Squares and Lines:

How to join in with this activity:

  • You can do this activity in a group or on your own. You may want to use some musical instruments or iPads, or you can use your voices.
  • If you are using drums, shakers or tambourines, you can play along in time with the song.
  • If you are using instruments with notes, like chime bars, bells or iPads, try using the notes F, G, G#, A#, C, C# and D#.
  • If you are using an iPad app like ThumbJam or GarageBand, set them to the key of F minor (you can click on the links to ThumbJam and GarageBand for instructions on how to do this).
  • If you are using OrchLab Soundmakers like Circles, Squares or Lines, set the key to F minor (watch the videos above for ideas for how you can join in on your Soundmaker)
  • If you would like to, please sing along! The words will appear on the screen as we go through the song.
  • In this play along, Dav has left some space for you to make up your own lyrics. Have a think about some of the things that make you happy that you might like to add to the song, and look out for the gaps in the captions.
  • In the middle of the song, there is an opportunity for you to play some solos. These could be passed around the group if you are playing together, or if you are playing by yourself use it as your moment to shine.
  • Have fun!

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