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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Scott Tarulli
Berklee Professor Reviews Lefty Entrada

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Vol. 4 - Ticket To Improv
gerald mckinnon
volume four

Super excellent

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The Jazz Lines
Jack Marchewka
Just getting started

Worked though the first two lessons of the Jazz Lines book (more to go), but it opened a door for me. I’ve come to understand there is a difference between theory and harmony. This is about learning harmony. If you want to play jazz learn harmony.

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Vol. 4 Wave
Mike Sanders - Las Vegas, NV
One of Conti's Best Solo Lessons

All of the Robert Conti DVDs are top-notch, but this one takes the cake. He takes what some consider to be a harmonically complex tune and breaks it done into the simplest of terms. From here, the viewer is taken through the lesson a few measures at a time, with each concept explained in detail and with care. Once you have the lesson under your hands, you not only have an impressive solo but an increased vocabulary of lines to use on other songs and a better understanding of how to approve improvisation over any song. Great fun and well worth the effort. If you are new to improvisation, I recommend learning from a few of Conti’s “Ticket to Improv” DVDs first as you will internalize the lesson much faster and have a greater understanding of the concepts presented.

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Preferred Gauge Strings
Jack Marchewka
My choice of strings

For my Entradas. These strings came with my Entradas so I’m sticking with them. Live the wound 3rd string. Great tone and playability!

Chord Melody at Its Best!

This is a great DVD to start building your chord melody repertoire. Mr. Conti walks you thru the classic “Since I Fell for You” and provides you with several ways to approach the tune using a series of different chordal harmonic arrangements. Besides learning to play the song several different ways, Mr. Conti is at the ready with his famous “Off the Sheet” tips. These are items that not part of the regular lesson plan, but are sure to help take your chord melody playing to an even higher level. Of the Chord Melody arrangements, this is my personal favorite, but after finishing the DVD, I purchased ALL the other Chord Melody DVDs as I was so inspired to learn more.

Chord Melody Assembly Line

$29.95

If you’re new to arranging chord melody, this DVD and book will get you started immediately. You will learn Robert’s rock solid approach for constructing a chord melody arrangement from a simple melody line or lead sheet.

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New to arranging chord melody? The Chord Melody Assembly Line book/DVD will get you started immediately.  As most are aware, Robert Conti is well known for his ability as a soloist who can confidently step in front a rhythm section and peel paint off the walls at ridiculous tempos, with total authority.  However, in addition to his reputation as a bop player, Robert Conti is also well documented as a highly successful solo jazz guitarist. An exquisite sound and a repertoire over three thousand songs keeps him in demand for numerous “high end” private functions in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. His stellar credentials also include a ten year engagement in a luxurious Southern California hotel.

From Lesson One, you’ll discover how easy it is to actually start assembling a working collection of chord melody arrangements of your favorite songs. In addition to learning the “assembly line” protocol, Conti takes it a step further and walks you through three complete songs.

If you’re ready to learn the art of solo guitar, this DVD is your opportunity to learn from a working Pro, who actually performs nearly every night of the week. Don’t settle for anything less than this level of quality instruction from a bona fide Pro.

We are frequently asked the difference between The Formula and The Chord Melody Assembly Line.  Simply stated, if you’re just starting out with wanting to create chord melodies from a lead sheet or fake book, start with this product, then move onto The Formula which thoroughly covers Robert’s approach to advanced reharmonization.

Chord Melody Assembly Line Includes:

  • Full size 8.5″ x 11″ Booklet
  • 4 Hour DVD
  • Easy to read chord grids

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Mike Sanders - Las Vegas, NV
High Performance and Fast Results

Playing Chord Melody arrangements on the guitar is recognized as one of the highest measures of a guitarist’s proficiency. Over the years, this style has been covered by a vail of secrecy; however, this DVD removes the vail and shows you how to develop skills that will have you playing in the Chord Melody style, using arrangements YOU have created. The DVD takes you through everything you need to know to create chord melody arrangements on the fly. Hard to believe? Well, if you’re familiar with Mr. Conti’s products, you know that each lesson is broken down into manageable pieces and thoroughly explained by Mr. Conti in a simple, straight-forward manner. No needless theory or wasted time on useless exercises. Whatever you practice, you WILL use. I highly recommend this DVD as well as the companion DVD “The Formula”. Both work together and neither will disappoint.

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Sam Apicelli
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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"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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Tom Hooper - Cheshire, UK
Brilliantly accessible with a focus on playing music

Hi folks, Not a question but just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks to Robert and colleagues. I've just completed the Assembly Line course and have not worked on something on the guitar with such enthusiasm since I discovered the humble A minor pentatonic. The course was fantastic and has got me to believe that actually playing solo guitar isn't beyond me. Brilliantly accessible with a focus on playing music, I now look forward to purchasing "The Formula" and having a look at some of the improv courses too in the coming weeks. Thanks again.

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Christian Florez
It Works!

This is exactly what I needed and exactly what I was looking for. I've been in love with chord melody playing but could absolutely not figure out where to even start. There's tons of youtube content out there, but very little guidance. You're just thrown into the deep end and expected to figure it out yourself. While there is some value to that (and I don't think I could have maximized the value I got from this course if it wasn't for some of the other training I've done), Conti does a phenomenal job of removing all the guess work. By giving you a limited set of options to get started, you immediately have all the voicings you need to start figuring out arrangements. After I finished the course I popped open the real book and just kept working on applying the voicings every day, sometimes to different standards, sometimes to the same one to internalize a certain set of voicings more deeply. And it works. After just a few months of practice, I can genuinely say I have some ability to play chord melody, and I find myself surprised by what my hands are able to do on the guitar. It's an immense joy to be able to do a little bit of justice to this music and to find what I'm capable of, and I absolutely could not have done it without this course. Thank you Robert Conti!!!

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Don Withrow - Saint Charles, MO
Transforming my playing!

I'm just finishing (working on Danny Boy) the Assembly Line and loved it. Starting the Formula! now and on my second exercise in the Precision Technique. Loving every bit of it! I am so excited because Mr. Conti's materials are transforming my playing!

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Donald Grass - Beaumont, CA
Succinct, powerful course

Chord Melody Assembly Line is a succinct, powerful, course with first-rate production values. What a pleasure it is to deal with a company with such Integrity and Class.

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