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Someone who teaches how to play rather than memorize. What a concept!

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The Formula
Dr. Dave Walker - Canada
Terrific materials on chord melody

I am a retired (EARLY retirement!) university professor and administrator who taught music criticism at the graduate level. I've also been a practising musician for over 40 years now. Although I have played in jazz bands for years, I restricted myself mostly to comping until I discovered Robert Conti's column in Just Jazz Guitar, and then his terrific materials on chord melody. I was delighted with the DVD of The Formula to finally be able to see and hear Mr. Conti. His down-to-earth style of instruction really resonated with me.

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The Jazz Lines
James Macneil - Fayetteville, NC
Find endless ideas...

I just love all the material presented. I have all the Source Code and Ticket to Improv series. Even though the TTI series is an introduction, I find that coupled with The Jazz Lines you can find endless ideas from those "simpler" lines presented. I really think I've seen other people imitating the approach Conti has used for decades. The problem with theory is that many students don't understand how to apply it. Robert demonstrates that theory in real world application. Anyone who understands theory can analyze Robert's lines and see how that theory works in real playing. I think Robert understands theory as much as any music theory teacher, but he also knows that on the bandstand the mind doesn't have time to compute all that information when chords are flying by at break neck tempos. He just presents things that make sense to the mind in real time playing.

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Chord Melody Assembly Line
"Monkmiles" on The Gear Page forum
Gets you playing quickly

Robert Conti has a good book/method called the Chord Melody Assembly Line. It's been many years since I looked at it but I remember it as a straight forward, easy to follow approach that gets you playing quickly.

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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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Discover Robert Conti by Rik Jonna

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In recent weeks, I have had the pleasure of reconnecting and speaking frequently with my friend, Master guitarist – Bob Conti.  Bob & I met 15 years or so ago in Vegas where he was performing. I went to the club and introduced myself as a friend of PM’s. It was a memorable night – one I will never forget- great music, some good Italian food and wine, and talking guitar with a humble and generous jazz giant. I should mention that Pat & Bob grew up in Philly together. Both young guitarists hit the jazz circuit playing clubs in their early teens. That’s another story!!!

So- where was this man, the great Robert Conti, when I was subscribing to, what I consider, an antiquated approach to jazz guitar – The Berklee Guitar Method. PM stated in his groundbreaking book- Linear Expressions:

"There are no better ways, just different ways."

Pat Martino

What’s good for some, may not be as good or beneficial or enjoyable for others. So, I’m simply stating that, for me personally, it was a rigorous approach that didn’t appeal to me, especially after getting to know PM. What he shared with with me in a few hours, would provide “food for musical thought” for a lifetime.” I should mention that Pat has continued throughout the years, now spanning 4 decades, to share with me many eye-opening thoughts both spiritually and musically, his perspectives, compositions, approaches, ideas, etc., in addition to his love, support and never-ending mentoring and friendship – which I remain forever grateful for.

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Back to Bob…In more ways than one, PM and Robert Conti are geniuses with remarkable and keen abilities to present both their knowledge and music approaches to us- IN WRITING.
I came from a school of record copying when in my youth (lifting and dropping the needle – with very little site reading until I attended the Berklee College of Music). It is clear that the Conti approach would have been much easier for me to engage in, and develop a comfortable command of the fingerboard in its entirety – in a much shorter period of time. In addition, to being acclaimed globally for his technique, wizardry and mastery of jazz guitar, Robert Conti is a world-class instructor, who has been sharing his no-nonsense, thought provoking and simplified approach to guitarists around the world for many, many years and with great success. His efforts have resulted in methods that, if applied properly, give jazz guitarist’s a total and full command of the fretboard without having to, well… “think your ass off”. I only wish his innovative approaches were available to me in my youth. Very few accomplished jazz musicians have the ability to break down, and share with you their approach, not to mention, simplifying the entire improvising process.

So all you young players, and anyone else for that matter, who love the guitar and want to “get with it” swiftly, and expand your knowledge rapidly and sensibly, I urge you subscribe to Robert’s approach. It’s a game changer!!! YOU WON’T BE SORRY. In fact you won’t want to put your instrument down. I sure don’t!!

In closing, the intent of my thoughts was to simply introduce to the jazz guitar enthusiast, and especially you young players, an inspirational learning source; refreshing, engaging, and well thought out content from a true gentleman and, in my opinion, one of the greatest jazz guitar players and educators of all time. Simply put- NO BULLSHIT!!! Robert Conti is brilliant. Peace….ENJOY!!!

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  1. Robert CONTI is a world-class instructor, who has been sharing his no-nonsense, thought provoking and simplified approach to guitarist around the world for many, many years and with great success. His efforts have resulted in methods that, if applied properly, give jazz guitarist’s a total and full command of the fretboard without having to, well… “think your ass off”. I only wish his innovative approaches were available to me in my youth. Very few accomplished jazz musicians have the ability to break down, and share with you their approach, not to mention, simplifying the entire improvising process.

    So all you young players, and anyone else for that matter, who love the guitar and want to “get with it” swiftly, and expand your knowledge rapidly and sensibly, I urge you subscribe to Robert’s approach. It’s a game changer!!! YOU WON’T BE SORRY. In fact, you won’t want to put your instrument down! CONTI is brilliant. ENJOY!!!

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  2. Nice tribute to Robert. He is an amazing player and a great teacher as well. I went to his home a couple months ago to play his new guitars. All I can say is they are all unbelievably beautiful and great playing. Robert Conti is a fantastic gentleman and astounding musician.

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  3. Conti is, in my opinion, the best Jazz instructor I have encountered. And the reason I say that is that true mastery comes from practice and play. With a little help, it is not too hard to understand “why it works” after you have invested some time learning to actually do it. Conti focuses the work on the playing – where mastery comes from. And he is a thoughtful, clear, careful and thorough teacher. Absolutely one of the best instructors. and a stunning player.

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