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Are you supposed to just do staccato strums?
if you were just playing it on acoustic you'd do this standard boring strum probably:
but in the song the guitar is like this:
so is that how you're supposed to always do it when you make a song?
with fairly standard and boring guitar playing. But they develop over time as you play them. Plus if the writer plays the song in front other musicians or a producer then those people will suggest ideas that the writer won't see due to the writer being too bogged down in the song.
dont think there are any rules, but I guess when you write a song just strumming the chords makes sense but once youve got other instruments involved it isn't as necessary to have the guitar backing the whole thing up so you can use it to add a different emphasis
there is no right or wrong way of doing it.