Upon listening to Pharrell Williams’ song ‘Happy’ after its release I wanted to do a tutorial but (such is life) other priorities got in the way. When the time finally came to having a few listens of the song, it got late and with me ready to nod off, I decided it would be quicker just to play the thing and leave a tutorial for another day. So here it is below.
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