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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

The Formula

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Learn the Conti approach to advanced re-harmonization of your chord melody arrangements to achieve a pro-level sound.  Considered by many pro guitarists and pianists as the “go to” resource on the subject, this is another best seller now enhanced with 6 hours of DVD video!

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Learn The Formula, the Conti approach to advanced reharmonization of your chord melodies to achieve pro-level sound.  Considered by many pro guitarists and pianists as the “go to” resource on the subject, this is another best seller now enhanced with 6 hours of DVD video! First, Conti reduces what is generally viewed as highly complex subject matter to a handful of quickly comprehensible guidelines. Next, through a series of examples, Robert clearly demonstrates his Formula to create the reharmonized pro-level arrangements as seen in Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, the Play Pro Chord Melody Today DVD Series and his Signature Chord Melody Arrangement books.  Learn his methodology and you’ll be amazed when you hear the results you’ll begin to accomplish very quickly.

The Formula – Disc One – 4 Hours

Conti teaches The Formula! Then he presents 4 SOLID HOURS of the “How To Nuts & Bolts” with numerous ideas and examples. Within the first few chapters of this Book and DVD, any upper level intermediate student will learn exactly how to begin creating stunning Pass, Peterson and Tatum type substitutions and reharmonizations for any standard, simply by learning Conti’s Formula to manipulate the most basic elements of harmony with ease.

The Formula – Disc Two – 2 Hours

Robert spends ANOTHER 2 HOURS to present the viewer with 3 full length songs that further demonstrate real world applications of the methodology he taught on Disc One. You’ll soon understand why thousands of savvy jazz guitarists and pianists rank The Formula! as the ultimate methodology book on the subject of reharmonization.

We are frequently asked the difference between The Formula and The Chord Melody Assembly Line. Simply, The Formula teaches more advanced concepts in reharmonization.  If you’re just starting out with wanting to create chord melodies from a lead sheet or fake book, start with The Chord Melody Assembly Line instead.

The Formula Includes:

  • Full size 8.5″ x 11″ Booklet
  • Two DVD set totaling 6 Hours of high quality instruction from Robert Conti
  • Easy to read chord grids for every note

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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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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.

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John Gibbs - Shelby Twp, MI
I feel liberated!

I have been playing guitar for 36 years, mostly rock, but have been trying to play jazz off and on for several years. I have always been stuck memorizing arrangements or transcriptions note for note until now. I have been studying "The Formula" and many of Mr. Conti's arrangements lately and a light bulb went on. I feel liberated! I was playing the same old turnarounds over and over when I noticed the secret to making up my own. Using information from "The Formula" and by studying Mr. Conti's arrangements I am able to hear turnarounds in my head and make them up on the fly! Also, I understand and am able to change some of the chords in the arrangements every time I play them if I want. I guess what I am saying is that even though Mr. Conti's arrangements are great, I am able to hear and play different variations of them every time. Thank You so much!

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David Alzofon - Undisclosed
Just what I needed

Just wanted to say that I got The Formula! through Steve Herron's website recently and I like it a lot. It's everything Steve said it was and more. I have been studying jazz guitar for longer than I want to say, but "The Formula!" succeeds in communicating the creative side of harmony on jazz guitar in a unique and above all practical way that I can really use. It is just what I needed to get across the gap between theory and practice.

There is much more depth in what you teach than you give away on the surface, and I appreciate the way you've put things together in a deceptively simple way. As much as I like single-line solos, there's nothing more beautiful than chord melody on jazz guitar, and I feel like I'm finally beginning to understand how a pro thinks about it, thanks to The Formula!

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Blair Hunter - Oakville, Canada
Exactly what I was looking for

Hi Robert, just want to say I received my recent order last week. It was a very quick delivery from USA into Canada. The Formula lessons are exactly what I was looking for. I have been following you for several years in JJG magazine and tried to apply my interpretation of your reharmonization ideas to a variety of tunes. But actually getting The Formula and understanding your explanation corrected all the little problems I was having and brought the process into clear focus. Excellent material.

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Jerry Duguet - Reims, France
Fun to reharmonize

I started with "The Jazz Lines" last September !! Whaoo ! I felt I could play some jazz tunes at least !! I just got "Intro, Endings & Turnaround" and "Formula" It's just fun to reharmonize everything. I love the Source Code Collection.

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Librecht Venter - Haymarket, VA
Exceptionally good books...

I received The Formula and Chord Melody Assembly Line. It is a pity that I did not start off with these two books as they are basically the most important. They are exceptionally good books and I want to thank Robert for these works.

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