Zack Kim

born May 5, 1983

Zack Kim Yong Woon(born May 5, 1983), or simply,Zack Kimis a Korean guitarist who has become known for his mastery of technique called “ free hands ”, which involves tapping the guitar strings with both the left and right hands simultaneously. Many guitarists apply free hands to one guitar, but Zack frequently performs on two; his left hand playing one guitar while his right hand plays the other, which is like playing the piano on the guitar but with added difficulty of fretting the correct notes. His arrangements include a range of styles, from classical to jazz , as well as quirky arrangements of tunes such as the theme song from the Super Mario Bros. video game.Zack is currently serving in the Korean Army. While serving in the military, he was on a talent show in South Korea, Star King, with his free hands skill.

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 Zack Kim's Free Hands guitar style

" Free Hands " is a unique way of playing guitar with both hands, invented by Emmett Chapman in 1969. Many people credit Stanley Jordan with popularizing the technique, which involves “tapping” the strings with both the left and right hands' fingers aligned with the frets. This method is different from tapping with the right hand parallel to the strings as done by Eddie Van Halen , for example. While many guitarists apply this technique to one guitar, Zack has developed a virtuosic way of playing two guitars. His left hand will play one guitar, while his right hand plays another.

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 Zack Kim's Arrangements and compositions

Classical
  • Canon in Dby Johann Pachelbel
  • " The Promise " by Michael Nyman
  • " Für Elise " by Ludvig van Beethoven
  • Piano Sonata in C Major, K. 545, 1st movement by W.A. Mozart
  • " Prelude " in C Minor BWV 847 by J. S. Bach
  • Goldberg VariationsNo. 1 BWV 988 by J. S. Bach
Jazz
  • " Autumn Leaves " by Kosma , Mercer , and Prévert
  • " Fly Me to the Moon " by Bart Howard
  • " Moon River " by Henry Mancini
  • " Misty " by Erroll Garner
  • " Take Five " by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • " No Woman, No Cry " by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Miscellaneous
  • " Super Mario Theme " by Koji Kondo
  • " FFVII Chocobo Theme " by Nobuo Uematsu
  • " Doraemon Theme " by Shunsuke Kikuchi
  • " Better Off Alone " by Alice DeeJay
  • " The Simpsons Theme " by Danny Elfman
  • " Tetris Theme " ( Korobeiniki ) by N.A. Nekrasov
  • " Zelda Theme " by Koji Kondo
Original Compositions
  • "Robot Dance"
  • "Love is Easy"
  • "Smile"
  • "Anthem to Nothingness"
  • "Dear Tiesto"
  • "Korean Boy"
  • "Pieces"
  • "See You Again"
  • "Miss You"
  • "I'll Be Waiting"
  • "Time"
  • "Summer Time in Kuala Lumpur"

Christmas Songs

  • "First Noel" byTraditional
  • " White Christmas " by Irving Berlin

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