Jazz guitar? Would you go to a butcher for surgery because he has sharp knives?

Over 50 years of verifiable performance & teaching experience. See our students’ playing results and finally discover what the fog of the internet has kept from you.

No Gatekeeper On The Internet

By now you've discovered an endless line of unqualified amateurs who attempt to take your money, or worse, your time, by falsely presenting themselves as "professional jazz guitar educators" when there's zero evidence they can even play.

Caveat Emptor - in your search for a high quality learning resource, don't allow yourself, or your wallet to be ambushed by a litany of ludicrous and unverifiable claims - all intended to exploit your learning frustrations and induce you to purchase what usually proves to be yet another junk product full of regurgitated modes, scales, and meaningless theory.

Delivers like nothing you’ve ever come across

The Formula delivers like nothing you’ve ever come across, clearly in a league of its own!

Mark Stefani
Tualatin, OR

What You Won't Find Here

  • We're not going to try and impress you with thousands of hours of lessons you’ll never take, and dozens of instructors who are likely only a little better than you, and almost certainly not qualified to teach jazz guitar.
  • We're not going to ask for your email address in exchange for some secret that doesn’t exist. And then bombard your inbox with emails that do nothing to advance your playing skill.
  • We’re not going to ask you to subscribe to our Youtube channel so we can produce videos on every non-playing topic imaginable, amass a few hundred thousand subscribers, and bombard you with ads.
  • You'll never hear the words mixolydian, locrian, bebop scale, approach notes (you get the idea)

What you will find here

(and what you should seek from any teacher)

A teacher is only as good and effective as the results he produces for his students. We are proud to present the results achieved by our students from entry level to highly advanced in our Players Gallery below. If your goal is to play, you’re in the right place. If you want to talk about playing, we can point you to countless other websites.

Chord Melody Players
1/36 videos
1
Danny Boy - Jess Johnson
Danny Boy - Jess Johnson
02:08
2
Blue Moon - Brad Beer
Blue Moon - Brad Beer
01:53
3
Have You Met Miss Jones - Mike Irish
Have You Met Miss Jones - Mike Irish
03:47
4
As Time Goes By - Lace Walker
As Time Goes By - Lace Walker
02:22
5
I Remember You - Dr. Paul Shitabata
I Remember You - Dr. Paul Shitabata
02:37
6
When I Fall In Love - Tony Beltran
When I Fall In Love - Tony Beltran
04:36
7
One Note Samba - Stan Karaban
One Note Samba - Stan Karaban
04:44
8
Country Roads - Duncan Lorimer
Country Roads - Duncan Lorimer
04:11
9
Sleepwalk - Lace Walker
Sleepwalk - Lace Walker
02:34
10
Amazing Grace - Dave Ruggiero
Amazing Grace - Dave Ruggiero
01:38
11
White Christmas - John Monllos
White Christmas - John Monllos
02:04
12
Amazing Grace - Andrea Denotti
Amazing Grace - Andrea Denotti
01:56
13
Corcovado - Lace Walker
Corcovado - Lace Walker
02:16
14
Round Midnight - Five Sax Arrangement
Round Midnight - Five Sax Arrangement
03:51
15
Danny Boy - Clive Rogers
Danny Boy - Clive Rogers
04:02
16
America The Beautiful - Bill Meacham
America The Beautiful - Bill Meacham
01:24
17
Since I Fell For You - Lace Walker
Since I Fell For You - Lace Walker
02:17
18
Wine & Roses - Hans-Otto Brodersen
Wine & Roses - Hans-Otto Brodersen
01:28
19
Happy Birthday - Will Kriski
Happy Birthday - Will Kriski
45
20
Danny Boy - Lace Walker
Danny Boy - Lace Walker
01:47
21
Star Spangled Banner - Amy Ferman (Banjo)
Star Spangled Banner - Amy Ferman (Banjo)
02:02
22
Auld Lang Syne - Will Kriski
Auld Lang Syne - Will Kriski
01:10
23
Happy Birthday - Uwe Pfennings
Happy Birthday - Uwe Pfennings
53
24
Stella By Starlight - Carles Vidal
Stella By Starlight - Carles Vidal
01:23
25
Dennis Davis Comments at NAMM
Dennis Davis Comments at NAMM
55
26
Frosty The Snowman - Will Kriski
Frosty The Snowman - Will Kriski
01:44
27
Accustomed To Her Face - Bill Meacham
Accustomed To Her Face - Bill Meacham
03:26
28
?? - Dennis Taylor
?? - Dennis Taylor
03:37
29
Aura Lee - Mark Cook
Aura Lee - Mark Cook
01:38
30
Since I Fell For You- Julian Wilson
Since I Fell For You- Julian Wilson
02:38
31
Little Help From My Friends - Guy Guerra
Little Help From My Friends - Guy Guerra
01:48
32
At Last - Dr. Michael Yollick
At Last - Dr. Michael Yollick
04:37
33
The Way You Look Tonight - Guy Guerra
The Way You Look Tonight - Guy Guerra
03:15
34
Bossa Style - Vince Maruzzi
Bossa Style - Vince Maruzzi
01:25
35
The Christmas Song - Eric Elias
The Christmas Song - Eric Elias
01:43
36
Bucky Harris - Conti Guitar
Bucky Harris - Conti Guitar
01:55

Entry Level Improv Players
1/28 videos
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Wave - Joseph Ahmad
Wave - Joseph Ahmad
2
Georgia On My Mind - Chris Shearer
Georgia On My Mind - Chris Shearer
3
All The Things U Are - John McCarty
All The Things U Are - John McCarty
4
All The Things You Are - Will Kriski
All The Things You Are - Will Kriski
5
Green Dolphin St - Adam Hinchliffe
Green Dolphin St - Adam Hinchliffe
6
Georgia - Andrew Booth
Georgia - Andrew Booth
7
Dennis Davis Comments
Dennis Davis Comments
8
Watermelon Man - Mark Rhodes
Watermelon Man - Mark Rhodes
9
There Will Never Be Another You - Mario Ochoa
There Will Never Be Another You - Mario Ochoa
10
12 Bar Blues - Dr. Kathy Durante
12 Bar Blues - Dr. Kathy Durante
11
12 Bar Blues - Frankie Williams
12 Bar Blues - Frankie Williams
12
Satin Doll - Patrick Betts
Satin Doll - Patrick Betts
13
Bluesette - Andrew Booth
Bluesette - Andrew Booth
14
Satin Doll - Chris Shearer
Satin Doll - Chris Shearer
15
All Blues - Mark Rhodes
All Blues - Mark Rhodes
16
12 Bar Blues - Dave Ruggiero
12 Bar Blues - Dave Ruggiero
17
Blue Bossa - Uwe Pfennings
Blue Bossa - Uwe Pfennings
18
One Note Samba - Adam Hinchliffe
One Note Samba - Adam Hinchliffe
19
Green Dolphin St - Dr. Kathy Durante
Green Dolphin St - Dr. Kathy Durante
20
Georgia On My Mind - Andrew Booth
Georgia On My Mind - Andrew Booth
21
Autumn Leaves - Dave Ruggiero
Autumn Leaves - Dave Ruggiero
22
Take The A Train - Cliff Toca
Take The A Train - Cliff Toca
23
Satin Doll - Dave Ruggiero
Satin Doll - Dave Ruggiero
24
Satin Doll - James MacNeil
Satin Doll - James MacNeil
25
Satin Doll - Bill Meacham
Satin Doll - Bill Meacham
26
Green Dolphin St - Mark Rhodes
Green Dolphin St - Mark Rhodes
27
There Will Never Be Another You - Dr. Dave Walker
There Will Never Be Another You - Dr. Dave Walker
28
Georgia On My Mind - Rod Buckle
Georgia On My Mind - Rod Buckle

Advanced Improv
1/27 videos
1
12 Bar Blues - Steve Vetter
12 Bar Blues - Steve Vetter
01:40
2
Corcovado - Lucas Costner
Corcovado - Lucas Costner
01:36
3
Satin Doll - Adam Hinchliffe
Satin Doll - Adam Hinchliffe
02:14
4
Bluesette - Louis DePetris
Bluesette - Louis DePetris
02:52
5
I Remember You - Dr. Paul Shitabata
I Remember You - Dr. Paul Shitabata
02:37
6
Cherokee - Rob Luft
Cherokee - Rob Luft
02:10
7
Green Dolphin St - Dave Ruggiero
Green Dolphin St - Dave Ruggiero
01:20
8
One Note Samba - Sotiris Papadeas (Bass)
One Note Samba - Sotiris Papadeas (Bass)
01:33
9
Girl From Ipanema - Rayson Kong
Girl From Ipanema - Rayson Kong
04:36
10
Corcovado - Joseph Ahmad
Corcovado - Joseph Ahmad
01:32
11
All of Me - Christopher Bendall
All of Me - Christopher Bendall
01:45
12
Lucas Costner on Entrada Archtop
Lucas Costner on Entrada Archtop
01:36
13
A-Train - Jesse Johnson (RIP)
A-Train - Jesse Johnson (RIP)
03:27
14
One Note Samba - Stan Karaban
One Note Samba - Stan Karaban
04:44
15
Rhythm Changes - Adam Hinchliffe
Rhythm Changes - Adam Hinchliffe
01:26
16
Tenor Madness - Renato Camatti
Tenor Madness - Renato Camatti
03:43
17
On The Rocks - Wayne Harper
On The Rocks - Wayne Harper
02:17
18
Guy Guerra Jams on his Conti Guitar
Guy Guerra Jams on his Conti Guitar
01:44
19
I'll Remember April - Jesse Johnson (RIP)
I'll Remember April - Jesse Johnson (RIP)
01:33
20
A-Train - Will Kriski
A-Train - Will Kriski
01:53
21
Watch What Happens - Louis DePetris
Watch What Happens - Louis DePetris
01:21
22
Texan Style on a Conti Guitar - Wayne Harper
Texan Style on a Conti Guitar - Wayne Harper
06:37
23
Cherokee - Will Kriski
Cherokee - Will Kriski
01:23
24
Autumn Leaves - Renatto Camatti
Autumn Leaves - Renatto Camatti
02:54
25
Mambo, Montuno y Conti - Joel Pipkin
Mambo, Montuno y Conti - Joel Pipkin
03:43
26
Green Dolphin St - Jack DiQuarto
Green Dolphin St - Jack DiQuarto
05:41
27
Soft Jazz - Vince Maruzzi
Soft Jazz - Vince Maruzzi
04:44

Comping
1/4 videos
1
Adam Hinchliffe - So To Speak
Adam Hinchliffe - So To Speak
01:17
2
James MacNeil - Autumn Leaves
James MacNeil - Autumn Leaves
01:41
3
Adam Hinchliffe - Misty
Adam Hinchliffe - Misty
01:57
4
Adam Hinchliffe - Indian Summer
Adam Hinchliffe - Indian Summer
01:26

Technique
1/2 videos
1
John Monllos Discusses Technique & Plays
John Monllos Discusses Technique & Plays
09:21
2
Mark Rhodes
Mark Rhodes
01:03

The Truth?

You need only 4 items to play jazz guitar:

  • Technique - Visit any discussion forum (Actually, don't. They're a waste of your time and the source of much bad advice) and ask where to start. You will receive a litany of suggestions for books and videos that are more than likely well above your skill level. The truth is that without some level of technique, you will not advance as a player.
  • A Teacher Who Can Play - It amazes us to see those who present a music degree as some sort of proof that they’re a jazz guitarist. This is tantamount to someone who reads 20 books about swimming but you never see them in the pool. Or someone who claims to be a race car driver who’s never been behind the wheel. Jazz guitar is a physical endeavor more so than a mental/intellectual one. It’s even more amazing and quite sad to see aspiring students duped on a daily basis by an army of fakes.
  • A Teacher Who Can Show You What He Plays - There are some highly skilled players on the scene today. However, many of them aren’t equally skilled in showing you. We all had a favorite teacher in school. That individual who always kept you on the edge of your seat and had a knack for delivering what you needed to know. Side note: You can learn more from an accomplished player who isn’t the best teacher than you can with a hack who cannot demonstrate any level of accomplished skill.
  • Practice - We live in a fast food society with most of our desires met nearly instantly. We shop online instead of going to stores. We even talk to our remote controls to change the TV channel instead of pressing buttons! Unfortunately, we cannot wave a magic wand over your head and transform you into a player. There is no method, book or video you can read or watch that will turn you into a player. If that’s what you’re seeking, save time and money and find a new hobby as you’ll be searching for years for a silver bullet that does not exist.

Meet

Robert Conti

Like the early Founding Fathers of the art form, the high level of Robert Conti’s playing skill is the result of NOT studying modes, scales and theory. Before spending your money, or even your time (yes, free lessons do have a cost) on the army of hack instructors that permeate the internet, do take the time to watch the two short performance videos below to witness the raw skill that underwrites the Conti line of learning resources.

Conti brings 50+ years of documented on the bandstand experience to the table. Having developed his skill as a monster player at only 21 years old, coupled with countless student success videos and letters of praise: This is your assurance of quality and result-producing instruction that will improve your playing.

  • Born and raised in South Philadelphia, an area of the country that produced numerous world class players (and the cheesesteak too!)
  • With the exception of a handful of lessons, he is entirely self taught
  • Professional level player at the age of 21 with earliest video documenting his skill in 1969 (show video)
  • Began operating a teaching studio in his 20s
  • Recordings on vinyl & CD dating to 1979
  • Employed 5 nights per week for 10 straight years in a luxurious Southern California hotel
  • While others have come and gone with hype, gimmicks and teaching approaches that change with the wind, RobertConti.com has been operating non-stop since 2000, producing players since day 1 and always with the same rock solid philosophy toward learning.

1969 Television Performance

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Raising The Bar

His knowledge available only locally until the launch of his website in 2000, Robert Conti single-handedly raised the bar on jazz guitar instruction. Read the interview that started it all.

Just Jazz Guitar Cover with Conti
2002 Cover - Just Jazz Guitar Magazine
Owner Gary Keniston with his two Conti Guitars

Features that don't cost a fortune

If you’re serious about playing jazz, acquire an archtop backed by 50+ years of performance experience. Conti Guitars feature 24 frets, Ebony everything, a personalized introduction video of your guitar, and best of all, it’s got the Conti name. See photos, comments and videos from our worldwide owners!

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

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