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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Jack Marchewka – Phillips, WI USA
Cannot find an imperfection or a flaw, or fret buzzes

I received my new Blonde Entrada with the Midnight Package and two pickups exactly one week ago. Let’s just say it was love at first sight. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of all the “hype” on the Conti website, but this guitar has exceeded my expectations.

The guitar was shipped in a sturdy container that was well packed. I thought about ordering the hard-shell case, but the gig bag is well constructed and sturdy. If I was touring and traveling, I think this would have been a good option, but the gig bag will be fine for gigging locally.

The black knobs, switches, and tuners really pop against the natural blonde wood. I’ve looked this guitar over carefully and cannot find an imperfection or a flaw with the finish or build. Every time I look more closely at this guitar I notice more interesting and beautiful wood grain textures that make this guitar unique.

The intonations are spot on, and the action is probably the lowest of all my other guitars. The neck is setup just right because not a single string or fret buzzes. With the ebony fretboard, this guitar does “play like butter.”

The tone of this guitar really sets it apart, and I am very impressed with the Kent Armstrong pickups. As I would expect from a good jazz guitar, it has warm, bright, and clear tones when played cleanly. However, this guitar can get down and dirty when playing rock or blues. The tone of the guitar cuts through when using a little distortion and effects. With two pickups, this guitar does it all!

The customer service has been excellent. Shortly after placing my order on the Web site, I received a phone call to confirm my order and ask questions. I thought it was a nice touch to reach out to me and create a more personal relationship. My guitar shipped as promised.

Everyone who purchases a Conti guitar is promised to receive a video of Robert Conti playing YOUR guitar as a final quality control check before the guitar ships. Honestly, I expected a 2- or 3-minute video of Robert running through a quick song and then saying something like “Thanks for buying a guitar.” The video I received was over 30 minutes! Robert played several songs and even read the serial number of the guitar that I would receive, as well as some important information regarding the maintenance and care of this fine instrument. I’ve watched the video over and over just to enjoy his beautiful playing. Thanks, Robert. The video adds so much more to owning this guitar.

Lives up to its claims!

This course gives you several ways to play a maj 7 arpeggio pattern at light speed in multiple places on the fingerboard, with commentary on how to move the patterns around to fit the tonal center of the underlying chord progression. For me this method is highly preferable to learning the arpeggio for a handful of chords and then not know how to string them together or what chords they work over. Conti’s method addresses all the theory issues of improvisation without boring the student with the details. You come away with fiery licks right off the bat. Fun, and effective.

Vol. 1 Signature Chord Melody Arrangements

It is excellent, so many interesting chords and ways of studying and learning songs and harmony. I would recommend the book “Formula” of Mister Conti to understand the functioning of the movements of chords.

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Vol. 3 One Note Samba
John Angilletta
Can't wait to dig in to One Note Samba!

Based on my experience with past purchases, I can honestly say that Robert Conti's materials do work!
With Robert Conti's guidance, you will be
playing credible sounding Jazz guitar before you know it!

Vol. 3 Signature Chord Melody Arrangements

There is a lot to learn from Mr. Conti books and videos. Different and very interesting ways to improve technicality and musically. Excellent!

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The Jazz Lines
Vernon Fuller
Early days but the signs are very encouraging! Recommended!

It's early days as I have only recently started working my way through the Jazz Lines. But, even with only lesson one completed, I can see a connection between the chords, the notes and how moveable and applicable the lines are. I plan to be back and comment further and possibly even film me playing sometime.

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Solo Guitar (1979)
Manuel Sanfeliu de Miguel
Success

Bought this lp in 79. Now i sold all my lps but i wanted to keep a stream recorded of a masterpiece

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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"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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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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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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Xavier Altimiras - Sacramento, CA
Learn more than in the last 12 years

Hello Mr. Conti, What a pleasure sir, I have no words to express my respect for you sir. I've been working with chord melody over jazz standards for the last 12 years. Always finding of course multiple challenges and problems. When I bought The Chord Melody Assembly Line, I saw all the doors opening in my face: What a feeling. Thank you for that book. In one month I felt I learned more than in the last 12 years. So well explained.

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