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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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Solo Guitar (1979)

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Excerpt from Liner Notes:
“This collection of ballads is devoid of any gimmick and gadgets. In fact, it nuggets right down to the basics: just guitar and guitarist. The moment of truth in terms of music making, made even more truthful by the one-take nature of direct-to-disc.” Harvey Siders, Jazz Critic

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Solo Guitar (1979)

An interesting story is attached to this album. During the recording of Latin Love Affair,the producers, Albert Marx and Dennis Smith, happened to hear Conti demonstrating his version of a Beatles song to another musician in the studio. Extremely impressed by Conti’s solo virtuosity, of which they were apparently unaware, they immediately decided that a solo album was necessary before Conti returned to Florida. However, as the excitement of the project at hand required their attention, they simply failed to tell Conti of their decision to produce another album while he was still in California.

After the mix down of Latin Love Affair was completed, as Conti was in his hotel room preparing to leave for LAX for a red eye flight, Dennis Smith called to discuss the solo album. Conti said jokingly, “What solo album?” The communication mixup became apparent. At that point, Smith asked Conti if he would be willing “…to do a solo album…” on his way to LAX. As the recording studio customarily used by Discovery Records was unavailable that night. Albert Marx was able to procure a studio in Burbank after several phone calls. In addition to this sudden decision to do another album, Albert Marx also decided that Conti should record the album in the Direct-To-Disc medium. As any artist aould agree, this is a pressure cooker type of recording session wherein the artist must record an entire side of music, without any breaks between each song.

The Direct-To-Disc recording process bypasses the traditional master tape, as the artist actually records the “mother” disk that is used to press the copies. This means: If a serious musical error occurred On Track 5, the artist would be required to start another master of that side, starting again from the first track. Now add the pressure of performing solo, and you have a perfect formula for shattered nerves! Under that pressure, Conti performed flawlessly, as the stunning results of his incredible virtuosity on that evening will soon be available on The Pinnacle Records reissue of the original recording. This album displays Conti’s ability to create a harmonic palette of exquisite solo renditions of ten timeless standards, including: My Funny Valentine, The Beatles Yesterday, and others.

A Well Deserved Album Recommendation In Billboard Magazine

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Ahead of its time!

I've been waiting to listen to this album for years, and I am so glad to finally get to hear it. It was well worth the wait. Robert's playing is so beautifully exposed in this selection of standards plus one additional tune. They are all so tastefully arranged and showcase his wonderful solo guitar style. I've learned so much from studying his books, and listening to this really demonstrates how you can develop these tools into arrangements that stand on their own. Sit back and relax as you enjoy this stunning solo performance.

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