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The Formula
Hinton Owens - Georgia
He is a gifted educator

I just received Robert Conti's Source Code Book Four ("The Formula") last week. The man has a way of packing a tremendous amount of information into my brain quickly. He is a gifted educator. His concept of harmonizing melodies is fantastic and it works great for me. If you have not seen a copy I recommend it to you. You will have fun reading it and applying his concepts to any standard tune within a couple of hours. It's the best money I have spent on a learning aid ever.

A knack for making the esoteric obvious!

I discovered Robert Conti through the article in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. I have purchased his Chord Melody Assembly Line book/DVD, and am working through it at this time. Robert certainly has a knack for making the esoteric obvious! I would be interested to know of any new offerings he may have for guitar instruction. Also, he should really come back to his roots here in Pennsylvania once in a while so that us east-coasters can meet him, see him play, take a lesson or two!

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2 Hour Lesson
Tony Pereira - Las Vegas, NV
Best musical investment I've ever made

I just wanted to give a shout out to Robert Conti. I started taking lessons with Robert about 2 years ago and picked up a few tricks. I decided to get serious back in February and made a weekly appointment for a 2 hour lesson. It is the best musical investment that I have ever made. The progress has been amazing and his teaching style fits with the way I need to learn.

Robert teaches a no modes/no scales method...and he hates that I use the word “method”. Make no mistake though the guy knows his music theory. Not only does it sound good to your ear but he can explain at a Ph.D. level why it sounds good.

Do yourself a favor and take a lesson from the guy. I guarantee you will walk away with something new. Every week I have met with him save a few times when I was traveling and I walk away exhausted and energized.

He has completely changed my playing...for the good. He’s a rare combination of being a stellar player who can teach.

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Vol. 1 - Ticket To Improv
James V Brown - Churchton, MD
Wish I found this course much earlier...

Hi! My name is Jim Brown. I am retired and I have been playing guitar since I was a child. I have had a very difficult time learning jazz improvisation. I started the Conti Ticket to Improv course about six months ago and have to say that I wish I found this course much earlier in my guitar career. I have tried many guitar books and courses in the past, with little success. Most courses emphasize theory, scales and licks. The Conti method uses whole songs and melodic lines. None of the other methods I have tried in the past have given me the access to the melodic lines needed to learn jazz guitar. In particular, this method covers melodic lines that run four measures, or more, you learn by playing actual jazz solos. The Conti approach is ideal for people trying to learn jazz who feel like their progress has stalled. Mr. Conti is one of the true New York Italian jazz guitar pros of the sixties. For those of you on a limited budget like myself the cost of the CDs in the ticket to improv series is ridiculously low, especially when using the new streaming option. Now is the time to get instruction from a jazz great before the opportunity is gone.

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Intros, Endings, Turnarounds
David Klausner - Cocoa, FL
A new "light bulb" goes on...

I'm kind of working on all of my Robert Conti products. Every so often, I go back and review the material and I always find something I've missed and a new "light bulb" goes on. The "hands-on", play the instrument approach definitely works the best for me! Thanks for a great learning resource!

The Conti Orbit Is Worldwide

24/7, from Tacoma to Tokyo, and everywhere between:

Robert Conti learning resources have produced tangible results for aspiring jazz guitarists since 1966. Click any pin on the map to read student comments from around the world. You’ll soon notice a common theme among thousands of comments:

“I wish I would have discovered your products years ago!”

Unsatisfied with your playing progress? Still can't improvise?

As demonstrated in numerous student videos:
The Conti learning platform provides you with immediately applicable palettes of harmonic tools that quickly pave the path to impressive short term results. One such student appears in the video at right. See numerous more in our Players Gallery.

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Are you lost in the fog of the internet?

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What is the fog of the internet?

Think of the internet like the old wild west – no laws and anything goes. This environment manifests countless amateurs who present themselves as pros. You, the student, must decide who can help you achieve your goals. If you’re like most who visit us, you just want to play and avoid making yet another mistake. So how do you quickly narrow the field?

No Gatekeeper -Who Ensures Quality?

Anyone with a decent mobile phone can produce videos claiming to be a “jazz guitarist.”

But where’s the proof?

  • Hundreds of free disconnected lessons?
  • A cheap eBook full of regurgitated theory?
  • Ads claiming secrets will be revealed?
  • Instructors touting music degrees instead of the ability to play?
You’ll find a lot of the above on the internet, but none of those items establish someone as a jazz guitarist. So what should you look for?

Find An Accomplished Player

Say you wanted to become a world class tennis player. You’d seek players who are/were at the top of their game; the winners of tournaments – the Federers, Agassis, and Nadals of the game. You wouldn’t waste your time with some kid whose only experience is having posters of players on his bedroom wall, and has never stepped foot onto a tennis court. You’d want the knowledge from a legit pro player as they’ve lived and mastered the game at the highest level.

If you can’t find videos that demonstrate high level playing skills of the teacher, then save your precious time/money and move on. If they can’t play, they can’t teach you to play. You can learn more from a highly skilled player who may not be the best teacher, than you can from a hack with no level of discernible skill. Start with a player and you’re way ahead of the pack.

Documented Teaching Ability

Once you’ve found a skilled player who blows you away, then look into their ability to teach you what they know. How?

  • Camera Presence – Does the teacher appear nervous? Does he fumble around incoherently? Or is he showing off without putting music under your fingers?
  • Length of Teaching Career – How long has he been teaching? The longer a teacher has taught, the more time he’s had to refine his methods and delivery of information so it works for you.
  • Results of His Students – How often do you read reviews signed by “Joe B” and “Frank S?” Nameless people who are supposed to make you jump into action. But more importantly, show me what Joe B and Frank S can play.Where are the performance videos of the students showing what they learnedHave you ever seen a weight loss ad without before/after photos?

Demand to see the playing results the students obtained.

Time In The Woodshed

You’re almost out of the fog. You’ve found a pro player with stellar credentials and seen/heard the playing results obtained by his students. The last step in the equation comes down to you.

You must put the time in. 

No teacher, no matter how great, can wave a magic wand over your head and transform you into a player overnight.

Follow your pro player teacher’s instructions exactly. Don’t deviate, don’t method hop and bounce from one thing to the next or you’ll end up back at square one.

Back when I was coming up, it was just us with our guitars. We played jazz guitar to learn jazz guitar and nothing else entered the equation. Turn jazz into an academic endeavor and you’ll never become a player.

If you’ve had your fill of daily blog posts, tons of disjointed free lessons on Youtube, academies, conservatories, eBooks, workshops, forums, discussion groups and you still can’t play – come see me and my students.

Robert Conti