You'll wish you found him years ago.

Robert Conti has positively impacted the playing skills of thousands of aspiring jazz guitarists since 1966 with his maverick, non-academic approach to teaching.


Why talk about jazz when you can play it?

Own a guitar, webcam and know a few licks and chords? Congratulations, you're a jazz guitar instructor!  Sounds like a silly thing to say right? Unfortunately, this is the status of jazz guitar instruction today. So, if you're serious about playing, how do you determine who can actually teach you to play jazz from day 1?  

The only reliable benchmark of any teacher is the playing success of the student

We're proud to present videos of our students demonstrating their new skills - from entry level to highly advanced. Visit the Players Gallery to see numerous students playing what they learned. Talking about playing isn't the same as playing - remember this as you navigate the internet minefield.

Entry Level Improv

Witness Dr. Kathy Durante's short term progress as she performs a full entry level solo. She is learning the language of jazz and having a ball doing it.

Advanced Improv

If you've already got chops and don't know what to play, Conti has you covered. Watch Lucas Costner execute a pro level solo without any modes or scales.

Chord Melody

Lace Walker utilizes professional chord melody arrangements by Robert Conti and performs regularly on cruise ships. That doesn't sound too bad, does it?

Years Teaching & Playing Experience

"In much the same way that you're able to drive a car without knowing its internal mechanical functions under the hood, you're able to play jazz guitar without knowing the “how and why” behind what you're playing. My learning resources are designed to put you in the driver's seat so you can start playing jazz guitar immediately."

-Robert Conti

When It Comes To Jazz Guitar:
Playing Skill Matters, Degrees Don't.

It is critical for you to select a teacher who can actually play jazz guitar at a high level of skill. If they can't play it, they can't teach you to play it.

With a Smokin' Rhythm Section
Chord Melody Elegance
With a Smokin' Rhythm Section

Chord Melody Elegance

Wish I had learned this stuff years ago

Mr Conti…I received your Improv 1 & 2 and I believe they are, for learning to improvise jazz guitar, the best I’ve ever seen. I sure wish I had learned this stuff years ago, as I would have been a far better guitarist. Well, it’s fine. I will dive into study now, and wish to thank you for putting me light years ahead. I expect to order more in the future, and to try to master jazz guitar improvisation. Thanks again!

Richard Plummer - Santa Ana, CA

All Sorts Of Doors Will Open

Wow! – This stuff is getting better all the time! I can’t believe how the barriers are falling – It’s like Bob said: “All sorts of doors will open, and all sorts of lights will start to go on” – They are! My right hand fingers are pretty much automatic now, and my performance passable on almost 3 songs. Even the open 6th string Em9 chord at the 7th fret is finally getting tamed as well. It was hard to play that clean at a reasonably fast speed when you’re passing through a sequence and combining…

Julian Wilson - United Kingdom

I can't get enough!

Finally a teaching method that works. I have tried for years to get into playing jazz. It was always the same old thing, I just didnt feel smart enough to play, and figured I would be a hundred years old before I learned my first solo. I bought Mr Conti's entry level Ticket To Improv DVD, and must say I will be buying everything on this site. I could not get over the fact that from right off the bat I was playing, not getting theory thrown at me but really playing. Thanks Mr Conti for teaching the way. . .

Scott Blazer - Logan, OH

Played a great solo jazz guitar gig last night

I played a great solo jazz guitar gig last night after which I sat in with my friend’s jazz group. They liked my playing so much that they are talking about hiring me for future gigs. I could not have done it without the instruction of Robert Conti. Thank you, Mr. Conti!!

Kerry Klungtvedt - Rushford, Minnesota

Latest News From The Blog

The Turning Point

By Dave Ruggiero | Oct 21, 2013

I prepared this narrative in an effort to apprise other aspiring jazz guitarists about my experience with the Ticket To Improv DVD series and The Jazz Lines by Robert Conti. I own all five products (the Ticket To Improv series has four current volumes for those unaware) and have spent several months working through the material and watching the DVDs. I am comfortable enough to … Keep Reading

Vol 4 – Ticket To Improv Review in JJG

By Dave Walker | Aug 2, 2012

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If so, then Robert Conti must feel very flattered these days because he seems to have scores of imitators who have just “discovered” the value of teaching without modes or scales. Not that I have anything against teaching with the best methods available, or changing course when you find something better, but let’s give credit … Keep Reading

The Conti Philosophy

By Dave Walker | Mar 14, 2012

The great guitar players learned to play by playing the guitar. That sounds simple and it is but then ask yourself why so many teachers make playing music among their lowest priorities. They assign all sorts of esoteric scales, modes, chord formations, fingerboard patterns, numerical mumbo-jumbo everything except the very music that the learner wants to play. This may build character and it certainly builds … Keep Reading

Jazz Guitarists to the Rescue

By Dave Walker | May 5, 2011

An Inspirational (and true!) Tale No jazz musician needs to be told how tight money is in this recession. Budgets are being slashed everywhere, and perhaps most in education.Now imagine that you have a class of eager guitar students but no guitars and no money to buy them.  What would you do?  Welcome to the world of Bruce Edmiston. Bruce has been teaching his guitar class at … Keep Reading

Volume 3 – Ticket To Improv Review in JJG

By Dave Walker | Feb 1, 2011

Robert Conti may well be the most successful jazz guitar teacher on the planet, and deservedly so. With over 31 instructional DVD’s ranging from absolute beginner to pro, Mr. Conti seems to barely finish one before his fans and students ask for more. While most other guitarists, including some of the finest players, are finding it difficult to maintain a student base, Mr. Conti has … Keep Reading

2010 Just Jazz Guitar Cover Story

By Dave Walker | Nov 1, 2010

Preface by Paul Getty During a recent conversation with Ed Benson, we were discussing how the economic downturn has affected numerous guitarists who voiced complaints about their substantial loss of income from lessons, gigs etc. Our conversation turned to the success of Robert Conti. In the midst of the punitive economic conditions during the last three years, he recently released his thirty-first full-length DVD, as … Keep Reading

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