Silent Night - A Strummed Accompaniment
Guitar Lesson by Kirk Lorange
Difficulty Rating: Beginner
This is just one of countless ways of playing Silent Night as an accompaniment, for example, to back a vocal version. I've kept it as simple and as straight forward as possible here, but of course you can get as flowery as your taste and technique allow.
In this case, I've kept a simple and steady pattern: I pick the root of each chord on the first beat of the bar (it's in 3/4 time, so there are three beats per bar) and strum the next two with light downstrokes. It's a pretty standard strum pattern for 3/4.
The strum: I pick the root, which is a small positive movement of the hand, then I widen the movement slightly for the strums, which are light and airy. I rarely use a flat pick, so I'm no expert either, but like everything else, strumming is all a matter of practice.