Strumming pattern – Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech
There are so many version of Shout to the Lord out there so I’ve given it a very straight treatment with a very few pushes just to add a little movement. This pattern works very well for many hymn like songs where you want it to sound solid without to much ‘groove’.
We have Shout to the Lord as one of our Worship Backing Band DVD tracks. You can remove the guitar from the mix and play along with the pro band (the words and chords are all on screen).
I’ve tried to pick the patterns from either the original album version or a fairly stock version of each song but of course, there are many versions of each song, and even within each version there will be some room to change up the strumming pattern and still fit the groove.
Do realise that while each strumming pattern will work for the song on its own, if your drummer, or indeed your band is playing a different groove (consciously or unconsciously!) then it may not entirely fit. The key is to make sure the main accents in the rhythm of the melody are reflected in the strumming pattern.