Another review from a satisfied customer!

Another review from a satisfied customer!

I had an enjoyable time playing (a very early gig) at the University Club of Grand Rapids’ Scholarship Breakfast!


I can not stress the importance of having a personal touch to an event and Zach was that personal touch. Thank you. – Ricky

I played mostly light classical, including a couple of Telemann Fantasias.

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Download some tunes from my Reverbnation page!

Check out my Reverbnation profile for music downloads!

I’ll be moving all of my downloads (and releasing more) to this website later on this Spring/early summer.  However, for the time being, you’re still able to check out my Reverbnation profile here for some downloads and stream some tunes that aren’t on my YouTube page.   Also, go head and give my Facebook page a like!




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Beginning Mandolin Exercise

If you’re like me, it’s been a while since you’ve picked up your mandolin, or maybe you’re brand new to it.


I’ve always been a fan of starting slowly and methodically, and here’s a quick mandolin exercise that focuses on accuracy and wrist movement.

To begin:

Set your metronome (Here’s a free and easy to use online metronome-I’ve used it for many, many years) to quarter note equals 60 bpm.

Then pluck in a down-up-down-up motion on each string (down on the upper string, up on the lower), in quarter notes.  Don’t change strings until you feel comfortable.  Then maintain this pace through all of the strings and repeat several times.

-This allows for you to focus on consistent, relaxed wrist motion.  As well as accuracy with your pick strikes.

Follow this pattern  but change to eighth notes, triplets, and sixteenth notes.  Then, once you are comfortable with all of these, you can then begin to speed the metronome up incrementally.  Once the open strings are comfortable, you then can begin to add the left hand notes.  However, keep it only one note at a time, as you don’t want to lose the relaxed wrist and accurate picking that you’ve progressed with by complicating things too much.

I’d encourage you to begin each practice session with this as a warm up.



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