how do you know the strumming pattern for each song?

stupid question maybe - but im new and i know like the basic chords and whatnot , and when i go to play a song i have no idea how the pattern / rhythm goes, can anyone tell me how i find it out, or do i play it by ear?
You try until you get it right. You'll get better at it eventually.
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For songs with tricky rhythm parts, it will just show the chords.. you have to figure out the rhythm by ear.
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