C o l o r - G u i t a r . C o m




Decades of research has developed a system for revealing and exploring music harmony. The science of harmony has been discovered at its core.


Circle of 5ths


Decades ago, we came across an article of harmony theory introducing the idea that color and music can be connected through the modal-scales of harmony, since they have a mood aspect. The colorfulness of modes was recognized by the earliest of composers, though was not acknowledged by harmony theory until recently, and with the development of this new system.


Using the graphical piano above, one may play a color-note (left hand) as a bass note, and hear the impression of the related mode as they perform (right hand) upon the white keys of the 'key of C'. The bass note creates a point of view from which the color or mood of the mode is observed, and this happens regardless which higher notes are being played. Next, we learn the modes as scales so we can remember their structure.



The Main Spectrum


A 'musical spectrum' is seen when the main melodic scale is regarded in two directions: The perfect 5th (or 4th) and the chromatic (half step) are the only two intervals that cycle through the 12 notes. These two intervals create two dimensions, each involving 12 positions: One accounts for the Circle of 5ths, while the other parallels the Chromatic Scale on which instruments are played.


The Main Spectrum

The above spectrum shows the seven primary modal-scales, all aligned under the note G for this example; they can each be translated to their key-signature from left (lower notes) to right (higher notes). The Major Scale of a key is always the Orange Mode. The Natural Minor Scale is always the Blue Mode. This system makes it easy to learn modes since there is only one note of difference between each pair of adjacent modes.


The first level is to get to know all 7 modes in each of the 12 key-signatures, which chords accompany those modes, and how the modes fit together in one key to make a song. The guitar benefits most from this color system, since it is the hardest to learn due to the way it is tuned; meanwhile, a piano provides the most simplified view of the forms of harmony. It is recommended that every musician is acquainted with drumming and also the piano keyboard.


Beyond composing / improvising with these seven primary modes of each key signature, moves us to the intermediate level: There we learn about how to change key-signatures within a song, and how to combine scales in order to use more notes.

About the Intermediate Level of Study


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Zach Sestili

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The map of music harmony that I was charting, has been obtained through a very detailed and lengthy process. Throughout the search, I've composed five record albums for CD, some with collaboration from expert musicians who I am pleased to say are my very good friends.


As a student of drums, piano, guitar, and saxophone at age ten, I began performing in music groups as a vocalist and instrumentalist, including some of my own songs amidst pop-rock cover songs. Continuing study of harmony theory, I began creating this new approach to learning music by ear, which relates the scales of musical harmony to a spectrum of colors. After years of development, this system is useful in all levels of harmony study: a subject essential to composition and improvisation. It applies to all melodic instruments.


Rhythm is also essential to musical arrangement: the final phase that brings all the elements of a band together, whether live or in the studio. With over 20 years of experience performing live and creating in the studio, I offer to help provide the necessary elements to fulfill your musical knowledge and goals.


Song (headphones):

Song Feature:

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Our way back Home

Guitar Solos and Harmony

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Bowling in a Bowl

Drums and Arrangement

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Out on the Farm

Vocals and Keyboards

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Rattle and Roll

Bass Guitar and Songwriting

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When the Stars Fall

Electric Guitar and Composition

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Perfect Child

Piano and Orchestration

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Contact: Zach Sestili (808) 313-9411

Offering music lessons in Music Harmony, Songwriting/Composition, Drums, Voice, and Bass, and new Color Method of learning Guitar and Piano by ear. Teaching at Studios in Honolulu: in Ala Moana and Kailua, as well as on-line music coaching and lessons.





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