Bon Iver/Kina Grannis – Michicant (Chords)

I’ve hardly listened to anything else since I picked up the new Bon Iver album. It’s incredible. I think I’ve started hallucinating ukuleles in a couple of songs (not beyond the realms of possibility).

I’ve written up the chords for Michicant in a few ways. Combining the original and Kina Grannis’s ukulele cover.

Kina Grannis Version

Bon Iver/Kina Grannis – Michicant (Chords)


Kina is tuned down (roughly) 3 frets to e-A-C#-F#. But I’ve written the chord names up as if it was standard tuning.

Here are the tuning notes to match her version.

Tuning Notes

If you use these chord shapes in standard tuning, you’ll be in the same key as the live version.

Suggested Strumming

Pluck the g-string with your thumb then do two down strums. Do that twice for Faadd9 and once each for Am and Gsus2. Then use it four times for the last two chords in each verse.


In the Original Key

Bon Iver – Michicant (Original Key)

Try these if you want to play along with the original. It’s in C# so you can make it easier by moving everything down a fret (C – Em – D).

For strumming this one, try:

d – d u d u

Kina Grannis Version in Standard Tuning

Bon Iver/Kina Grannis – Michicant (Standard Tuning)

This one is in the same key as Kina Grannis’s version but stays in standard tuning. I’ve substituted an E for the Esus2 within the verses (I think the Esus2 comes across as a Bsus4 and sounds out of place) but kept it at the end of the verse.

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  1. Maxim July 13th, 2011 11:23 pm

    Thank you so much for tabbing this up, the album is absolutely amazing and This is probably my favourite song on it and it sounds great on the uke as well

  2. Stephen July 14th, 2011 12:41 am

    Great video and cover, must pick that album up.

  3. Woodshed July 14th, 2011 6:55 am

    Maxim: You’re welcome.

    Stephen: You really must. It’s fabulous.

  4. Jon July 16th, 2011 3:27 pm

    Agreed, a truly amazing album.

  5. Caitlin July 16th, 2011 7:08 pm

    Definitely one of the best albums of the year. Thanks for this!

  6. Woodshed July 18th, 2011 3:15 pm

    Jon and Caitlin: Couldn’t agree with you more. I’m still hooked on it.

  7. Garce July 18th, 2011 7:25 pm

    Thanks for tabbing this! Can’t wait to get playing!
    I completely agree – a wonderful album, and also such a nice version of this song by Kina Grannis! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Woodshed July 19th, 2011 12:51 pm

    Garce: Thanks, hope you enjoy playing it.

  9. Vincent July 21st, 2011 9:22 pm

    I think she looks like Casey Anthony

  10. Allie September 17th, 2012 12:18 am

    You sir, are amazing.
    My last note, the Gsus2 sounds weird when I play it, but then again so does the rest of my uke haha. Just wanted to say thanks for the song, and thanks for the website. I literally use it everyday.
    Thanks for being so awesome(:

  11. Woodshed September 17th, 2012 12:11 pm

    Allie: Thanks so much! I’m blushing.

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