#1
I can't figure out the strumming pattern of this song. I'm pretty new to guitar so I don't have much practice with this kind thing.

But the opening I was able to figure was 1 + 2 + 3 + a 4 + a

But once he starts singing I can't figure it out for the life of me.

but the song is Blessid Union of Souls- I Wanna Be There
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1EN4EWyvGA
#3
I'd just play something like this...

vb v v^ ^v v^v^


There are little variants on it, but that's the general pattern.
'v' being a down strum, 'b' a tap on the bass note, '^' is an upstrum. The bass note hit isn't used in the first few changes but definitely comes in.

Hope that helps. It's a strumming pattern used in a heck of a lot of songs so worth practising.
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#5
Just mean hit the bass note rather than a full chord strum.

As for putting it to a pulse, it's really something you've just got to listen for.
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#6
what I mean is how does "vb v v^ ^v v^v^" translate into actual music? Like is each one a quarter note? half note? 16th?