There are many questions I have regarding a chord progression so decided to use a simple song to start... Happy Birthday, since we all know it.
C G Happy birthday to you C Happy birthday to you G F Happy birthday to dear name F C G C Happy birthday to you
I don't understand, from looking at this progression, how I am supposed to know the timing (3/4 or 4/4?), the measure breaks, when to change chords, or even the timing when singing, and probably many more details I'm not aware of.
To start with a simple example... Starting with the first line, I envision I could strum like either of the following:
(D) (D) (D) (D) Happy Birthday to ...
(D) (D) (D) Happy Birthday to ...
It seems to depend a lot on how fast you sing, etc.
Am I overthinking this or is this sort of thing just imprecise in the first place and up to the individual to make it sound like something?
I will clarify this question with any comments I receive so thanks for any assistance!