The Formula


Learn the Conti approach to advanced reharmonization 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 high impact video.


Overview Video

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 62 reviews
Tancredo Netto - Brazil
I think it is the best

I think you are the only one that explains the magic of chord melody! I admire Conti's method, I think it is the best, a hands on approach and at the same time it teaches the way professionals play. Like we Brazilians say, he doesn't only give the fish, he teaches to fish! I love jazz standards and I hope I will study a lot with Conti's help!! Thank you very much! It's a pleasure for me to recommend a very good teacher and Conti is one!!!

Peter jackson
Very satisfying to play

I have just ‘embedded’ reference 1, now moving onto reference 2. Very enjoyable and just beginning to glimpse ‘what will be possible’!

Opened up a universe of sounds...

I would like to thank Robert Conti for sharing his knowledge, I have learned a lot from "The Formula" and his chord melody arrangements that I already acquired all of them. I spend hours reading the songs, absorbing the sounds and it inspires me a lot to find "The Formula" in them and find my own paths. His method has opened up a universe of sounds and harmonic pleasures that I didn't know existed. Thank you very much again and I hope to find you happy and in good health.

John Payne - Rockwall, TX
Incredible breakthrough for me

Over the years I've learned, memorized and performed many songs but it was only after reading your Harmonic Protocol that I now understand how to approach reharmonizing a song in a harmonically rich jazz idiom. Incredible breakthrough for me -- thanks again to you. Of course, still a long way to go in that direction, but I believe by learning to fluidly play several of your chord arrangements I will build my chord vocabulary and eventually get to where I can cycle through and play those chords as you say -- "as easy as writing my own

Alan Spring - United Kingdom
Enthusiasm to persevere

I am progressing well with the previous material that I have ordered. This is the first educational material that I have had the enthusiasm to persevere with - it's brilliant. I have a new lease on life, musically speaking!

Tony Silber
The Formula

Amazing stuff- secrets unlocked!

Alessandro Colico
Dense materials

I just read the first ten pages are full of great concepts and it will take time to assimilate and internalise them... I love your approach! It will be a great journey exploring the rest of the Formula!! Grazie Robert!

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.

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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