Ingrid Michaelson – Be OK

Ingrid Michaelson – Be OK (Chords) (PDF)

A lovely, simple uke tune from Ingrid Michaelson. Even simpler if you’ve still got your uke tuned down from the Eddie Vedder – Goodbye post (this one is in B tuning also).

The chords are straightforward, but the strumming is a little trickier. It involves plenty of chnks – rather than strumming, you bring the bottom of your hand down onto the strings as you strum to produce a click. The strum pattern for the verse goes like this:

Ingrid Michaelson chords

The up arrows are down strums and vice versa. The row of x’s are chnks.

Here’s me strumming it slowly then up to speed.


For the chorus you play the strumming pattern of bar 1 for the A chord and the strumming pattern of bar 3 for the next two chords.

Requested by Maz

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  1. Gary October 17th, 2008 7:02 am

    Nice song, I’d like her Compass rose walnut uke. Damn UAS!

  2. Cardboardfrog October 17th, 2008 4:09 pm

    i think we’d all like her uke, wouldn’t mind some of her either :P
    a very nice song, works just the same with left hand muting which people might find a little easier.
    once again with the good work woodshed

  3. Woodshed October 18th, 2008 5:36 pm

    Gary: Definitely one to add to the (very large) list.

    Dan: Guys definitely make passes at girls who wear glasses.

  4. Tim October 27th, 2008 12:18 am

    And if you really like the song, please buy it from iTunes. Proceeds go for cancer research (Stand Up 2 Cancer).

  5. Woodshed October 27th, 2008 8:43 pm

    Thanks, Tim.

  6. Nils November 22nd, 2008 9:13 pm

    Nice song and thanks for the chords :)
    Btw: Does anybody now the brand of Ingrid’s ukulele?

  7. alex December 21st, 2008 4:51 am

    Could you tab her song “You and I”?

  8. barb December 26th, 2008 4:15 am

    agreed, i’d love to find the tabs for “You and I”.

  9. Arden December 29th, 2008 5:45 am

    Ingrid is super cool!
    I met her at a show in July.
    She was so sweet and has awesome stage presence. :D

  10. jeff January 23rd, 2009 11:09 pm

    I can’t get the tuning down. What should each string be tuned to??? I wouls also love the tab to “You and I”

  11. jeff January 23rd, 2009 11:17 pm

    I found the tuning on the site, but I still would love to figure out “You and I.”

  12. Kristen January 24th, 2009 6:55 am

    I would also love the tabs for You And I!

  13. jotini January 31st, 2009 8:43 pm

    What are the chords for the bridge?
    “open me up and you’ll see….”

    Thanks for these though, they’re perfect.

  14. Woodshed February 1st, 2009 2:38 pm

    jotini: Download the PDF at the start of the post.

  15. Coll June 9th, 2009 6:23 pm

    Can you please do “you and I”?
    Please please please?
    I can’t find the correct chords anywhere

  16. Kelly September 7th, 2009 4:37 pm

    I can seem to manage the chinks on a down strum, anybody got any great tips for a chink on an up strum? I can’t seem to get it to sound right, I am very new to this though so it might be that. :)

  17. Donnie Bubbles September 8th, 2009 2:28 am

    Kelly – if it is this song you are chinking on, it is the downstrokes. The up arrow is a downstroke and vice versa. Using the palm of your strumming hand for these is the easiest way.

    For upstroke chinks, I lay my freting hand pinky lightly on the strings in front of the chord I have fingered. On chords like G, where only the top string is open, I loosen my pressure on the three strings that are fingered and try not to hit the top string when I chink. Practice – it will come….

  18. Woodshed September 13th, 2009 9:12 am

    Donnie: Thanks for explaining it.

  19. Kelly September 14th, 2009 2:31 am

    Thanks so much. I am a total noob. I appreciate it.

  20. Maya November 4th, 2009 10:47 pm

    This is a great song. Do you think that you could put up the Way I am by Ingred Michaelson?

  21. Woodshed November 5th, 2009 9:07 pm

    Maya: There are chords for it here.

  22. Monique April 5th, 2010 7:16 pm

    Hey, i like this song kbye.

  23. Michele June 29th, 2010 10:57 pm

    You’re amazing

  24. Hanna October 20th, 2010 6:11 pm

    I don’t understand anything:( …please help me!

  25. Woodshed October 22nd, 2010 7:20 pm

    Hanna: The place is earth. The year is 2010. Stop when this starts sounding familiar.

  26. Christina December 30th, 2010 5:05 am

    I love that you put a file of the strumming pattern!! I’m new to the uke and have been having a hard time figuring it out. Thank you thank you thank you!! :)

  27. Woodshed January 1st, 2011 11:53 am

    Christina: Glad you found it useful. I should try to put strumming pattern files up more often.

  28. molly February 22nd, 2011 3:56 am

    ingrid has a renaissance ukulele :)

  29. Jack May 13th, 2011 2:32 am

    Is there any way to play this without re-tuning?
    I’d rather fumble with the less convenient chords instead of my tuning pegs.

  30. Woodshed May 15th, 2011 11:39 am

    Jack: You can play it with the same chord shapes in standard tuning. It’ll just sound a tone higher.

  31. Grace July 17th, 2012 7:27 pm

    Can someone please help me out with the strumming pattern? I don’t quite understand.

  32. Parker August 3rd, 2012 4:25 pm

    Yeah, same Grace. I’m trying to figure it out but simply can’t.

  33. Adriana August 21st, 2012 10:12 pm

    can the tuning be achieved with a capo? or the only way to get the b tuning is by ear?

  34. Woodshed August 22nd, 2012 9:26 am

    Adriana: No, you can’t do it with a capo I’m afraid.

  35. Jack May 12th, 2014 8:17 pm

    Hi, I’m a newbie in this sector by I love that sound.
    Someone could tell what kind of ukulele uses Ingrid?

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