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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!

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First released in 2009, the Conti archtop jazz guitar was an instant success with its ultra comfortable, playable neck. 11 years later, we’re proud to continue with the second generation of Conti Guitars. If you’re seeking a great looking, great playing archtop with all the features you could never find in a single guitar, then look no further. The Conti Guitar is your answer.

If you approach the Conti products like driving a car, then the Source Code Series would be the engine. They are the “how to, nuts & bolts” behind Robert’s mind blowing technique, endless jazz guitar improv lines, effortless comping and beautiful full sounding chord melody arrangements. With the first titles released in the year 2000, the Source Code Book and DVD series will take you wherever you want to go with your playing, as evidenced by endless student commentaries and videos.

“The Source Code DVD Series is unquestionably the most cost-effective jazz guitar curriculum on the planet!”  

-Mike Irish, Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan Tech. University

Are you an Intermediate to advanced level player? Get that extra edge that only a face to face lesson with one of the world’s leading jazz guitar performer/educators can provide – a live private webcam lesson with Robert Conti will elevate your playing to levels you never dreamed possible – and that’s not an exaggeration, read letters of praise from a few of Conti’s students.

Ready to make the transition from rock or blues to jazz? Haven’t gotten anywhere with all the modes and scales you learned?

Ready to start playing melodic lines that get you excited and motivated? The Ticket To Improv DVD series will have you playing jazz from day one. Don’t believe it?  Watch some of the videos in the Players Gallery to see numerous examples of short term results you can expect once you separate yourself from the modes/scales approach.

Got plenty of chops and technique but don’t know what to play?Looking for hip burning lines to make your own? In each volume, Robert plays an advanced improvised solo and then teaches you that solo measure by measure, note by note. You’ll rapidly begin to increase your jazz vocabulary as Conti walks you through the solos. No guesswork here as Conti provides full notation and tab. Three series available with five volumes in each series:
  • The Smoking Lineman (Bebop)
  • Big City Blues (Blues)
  • Sound of Rio (Bossa Nova)

New to chord melody? Start playing pro level Robert Conti arrangements today. In each volume, Robert teaches his professionally arranged chord melody arrangement of a popular standard, to you, chord by chord, on video – it simply can’t be made any easier.

Through the duration of the magazine, Robert’s arrangements quickly became a favorite feature for subscribers. During past years, we have received ongoing requests to make the JJG arrangements available. We’re now able to present Twenty One Chord Melody Arrangements With Supporting Videos, in the Streaming Video Format.

If you simply want a collection of the most in-demand standards, all arranged with Conti’s signature chord diagram display (just play the chord grids and you’re performing chord melody of the highest quality), then the Signature Chord Melody Arrangements are exactly what you’re looking for. Numerous guitarists utilize these arrangements in their paid performances. 

Note: These are instant download, printable PDF files. No audio or video is included. If you prefer video, we suggest the Play Pro Chord Melody Today DVD series.

If it’s straight ahead burnin’ jazz without the fluff that you’re craving, the Conti recordings will have you on the edge of your seat. We’re proud to present the raw talent and skill that Robert Conti brings to the table. The skill represented in these recordings is what sets Conti apart from the army of amateurs that pervades the internet today.

Currently Available:

  • The Jazz Quintet (1981)
  • Comin’ On Strong! (1990)
  • To The Brink! (2004)
You can’t do much playing without a good set of strings. After 50+ years of performance and trial of just about every guitar string in existence, Robert has developed these custom gauge strings and never strays from them, no matter the gig.