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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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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The Comping Expo


While guitarists spend much time improving their improvising skills, for the majority of time, they must also fill the role of supporting other instrumentalists or vocalists on the bandstand.  In response to numerous requests, the Comping Expo focuses entirely on Robert’s approach to comping with real life excerpts from his CDs and live performance.

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While guitarists spend much time improving their improvising skills, for the majority of time, they must also fill the role of supporting other instrumentalists or vocalists on the bandstand. In response to numerous requests, The Comping Expo focuses entirely on Robert’s approach to comping.

Before the existence of computers and DVDs, aspiring jazz musicians continuously honed their skills by Watching a performance, Listening to recordings, then employing their best efforts to recall and Duplicate what they saw or heard. Certainly not an easy process. However, as well documented, that learning process served very well for the early greats such as, Christian, Montgomery et al.

This DVD is presented in a manner that allows you to Watch and Listen to a variety of real world excerpts of concert video and CD performances. More importantly, the printed transcriptions of all chord forms permit you to bypass the tedious task of trying to determine what chord was played–thereby allowing you to easily Watch, Listen and Duplicate all the data necessary to dramatically increase your comping skill.Continuing the approach that has made him the foremost jazz guitar educator on the international scene today, Robert teaches every facet of playing jazz guitar at the application and performance level, i.e. he utilizes actual song structures to deliver immediately useful “take it to the gig tonight” ideas. From intermediate to professional level, this DVD will breathe excitement into your comping skills with a truckload of creative and exciting ideas. The result producing efficiency of the Conti Approach is clearly evidenced by the demand for thirty DVDs in the last six years from students in every corner of the globe.

The Comping Expo Includes

  • Full size 8.5″ x 11″ Booklet
  • 4 Hour DVD showcasing Robert’s approach to comping over Bossa Nova, Blues, Bebop, Swing and Ballad styles.
  • Robert teaches at the “song level” with real life excerpts from his CDs and live performance. He teaches what he plays and plays what he teaches.
  • MIDI & MP3 files of all musical data presented in the DVD
  • Before The Gig” chapter provides a variety of ideas, concepts and a readily usable vocabulary utilizing The Girl From Ipanema and Autumn Leaves as project tunes.

Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
Great service to the tradition

I found out about them by searching on Google for jazz guitar instructional material, more specifically I was looking for comping material and got a hit for the Comping Expo DVD and then saw the rest of Mr. Conti's videos. I am an aspiring Jazz guitarist and because I am from Brisbane Australia, video materials and written materials are often the best way to learn from people who have mastered this great art form. It's a great service to the tradition that people like Mr. Conti put their knowledge out there for people to study. Thanks again I truly appreciate the extra effort put in on my order.

...1,000 lightbulbs began to go on (Pt. 2) I was learning each comping rhythm, that there were all of these lines that I had just learned from you coming right out from under each chord (just like you said they would) and I kept finding solo idea after solo idea interconnecting up and down the entire neck at the same time. Wow, I understand now how this all goes together and it makes sense more than ever (I’ll never be the same, again because I’ll probably play until my fingers fall off!!!!). More importantly, I really have to embrace your philosophy even more now of how the original Jazz Guitar giants learned to play their stuff and I really believe that this was the way they did it out of shapes that worked and sounded good each time, and they used them all over the neck. It had nothing to do with any theoretical Mode, Scale, or Music School. Thanks to you, this is going to totally redefine my entire playing approach for every style I play and I hope that this is something that will make sense to people who haven’t yet experienced your method of teaching. This is the only way to go if you really want to learn and fully understand Jazz Guitar. Thanks so much again, Robert. I’ll post some videos of me playing, soon!!!!

...1,000 lightbulbs began to go on (Pt. 1)

I had to write a second time because I had no idea what was going to happen when I got into learning your Comping Expo DVD and how it related to the other 3 DVDs that I had previously gone through (Chord Melody Assembly Line, The Formula, and especially, The Jazz Lines). The 1st two DVDs I went through were the Chord Melody Assembly Line and The Formula, and they both gave me a very good understanding of how chords are used and re-harmonized to make Jazz standards come to life off of the page when playing Solo Jazz Guitar. It also taught me a lot about the chord shapes that you use up and down the neck. Well, when I got into the Jazz Lines DVD, I learned how you build your lines and laid them across the different chord shapes to bring melodic solos that work without having to know any mode or scale (which is really great for me because I dislike theory dictating solos). What I didn’t realize, was what was going to happen next. I wanted to expand my knowledge of comping beyond the basics that I already knew so, I purchased and began learning your Comping Expo DVD. As I started going through the first couple of tunes and as I was learning the interconnecting chord shapes, bam! About 1,000 light bulbs began to go on all at the same time. I kept finding myself stopping and realizing that...

Changed my playing drastically...

Dear Mr. Conti, I recently purchased your SOURCE CODE package set, and I must say, it is one of the best investments I have made in my playing career. I am a lifelong career professional (an exponent of Jack Petersen and a graduate of the University of North Texas jazz program, as well as an alum of Berklee College of Music. Your program is a blessing to me, and I thank you sincerely, as well as encourage others to invest in it...IF they are willing to put in the hours and dedication of study and practice required. Your program is intense, and it requires dedication. But it has changed my playing drastically. Discipline, with great teaching such as yours=RESULTS!

Hooked on the Conti approach

I've been playing guitar since the age of 8, I'm now 50. I studied at Berklee in the early 80's. Never have I learned so much from one person. I have three of the Source Code DVD's and they're great! Maybe next you'll come out with a DVD on business and finance for guitarists. Thank's for the knowledge and inspiration.

a wonderful gifted teacher...

Robert wanted to say you are a wonderful gifted teacher (1) A true professional at the top of your craft (2) you are so very positive in all your teaching (3) How lucky the jazz community is to have such a treasure as your self and products (4) Besides all that you have a funny wit and so enjoyable to just listen to regardless Good Job !

you give students courage and confidence...

Dear Maestro, I'm already an happy customer of yours DVDs. I own the complete Source Code series as well as the two Ticket to Improv DVDs. Your teachings are peerless, fun and useful, and - even more important - you give students courage and confidence. My deepest thanks!

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