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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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The Jazz Lines

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Have you discovered it is essentially impossible to create pro-level lines out of modes and scales?  Wouldn’t you rather be playing at jam sessions instead of spending a fortune on instructors who insist on teaching you endless theory?  Robert teaches you the “under the hood” behind his mind boggling jazz lines in this 8 hour two DVD set.

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Have you discovered it is essentially impossible to create pro-level lines out of modes and scales?  Wouldn’t you rather be playing at jam sessions instead of spending a fortune on instructors who insist on teaching you endless theory? If so, Robert Conti, has again redefined high impact instruction, as The Jazz Lines is his Twenty-Sixth Blockbuster DVD of immediately useful “take it to the gig tonight” lines and other ideas.

The early greats continuously evolved their improv skills by playing in bars, clubs, buses, and back room jam sessions from New Orleans to New York. Through ongoing hands-on exchanges of knowledge, they taught each other what they were playing on their instruments. In essence, the key ingredient to their continuous improvement was actually playing jazz, not talking about it. As evidenced by endless student testimonials, the cornerstone of the Conti approach is his ability and willingness to teach students to play jazz, by actually having the student play jazz from the start, not modes, scales and other nonsense. Indeed, nobody brings their “A-Game” knowledge to Jazz Guitar instruction like Robert Conti.

Robert stated in an interview: Theory vs Reality:

“Theory is often defined as a guess or conjecture. In relation to jazz improvisation, it is the branch of the art form that deals with its principles or methods, not its practice. Therefore, if improvising well is your goal, then why pursue theory first, as you’ll still need to learn to play – after spending several months trying to comprehend theory. Conversely, if you expend your energy learning to play well (like the early greats) you’ll quickly discover that the theory will become obvious as a by-product of playing lines that are tangible enough for clear analysis. From the student perspective, the best part of this pragmatic approach is that they have the great pleasure of playing jazz on their instrument, rather than trying to comprehend modes, theory, scales etc.”

From the intermediate to professional level, the concepts presented in The Jazz Lines will quickly breathe new life into your solos with a truckload of fresh, creative and exciting ideas.

The Jazz Lines Includes:

  • Full size 8.5″ x 11″ Booklet
  • Two DVD Set totaling 8 hours of instruction from Robert Conti
  • MIDI files of all musical data presented
  • Bonus Feature titled “After The Gig!” section

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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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Tom Hooper - Cheshire, UK
Robert said the lights would come on...

Hi, I've been toiling away with my improvisation over the last few months, I've been having fun with the ticket to improv stuff, sounding like a jazz guitarist even if it's only learning Robert's solos. I have been dipping in and out of The Jazz Lines course and understood the first few lessons so everything was going well. However imagine my surprise the other day when I finally get a bit of time to noodle over a ii-V-I C major backing track when all these lines that Robert has shown me start to come out. Now I have no idea why its working but I'm moving all over the neck with lines from The Jazz Lines and Ticket to Improv and I'm not hitting any rough notes. It blew my mind that I was moving across the fretboard, improvising without knowing what CAGED shape I was in or what scale or arpeggio etc I was playing but it was working. Now I know Robert said the lights would come on eventually but I never really thought it would for me. There is still a long way to go but it has given me a renewed sense of hope that one day I'll get there. So I just wanted to let Robert know that I'm very thankful for his courses so Thanks. Hope this email finds you all well.

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Grant Harris - Perth, Australia
Already such a revelation...

Hi Robert. I purchased your "The Jazz Lines" course yesterday and already such a revelation.

With just the knowledge of 3 patterns (Fmaj, Abmaj, and G augmented) I have made more intuitively melodic solo lines than in the rest of my playing days - in fact I find that you almost can't help but find a pattern under your fingers to exploit and explore.

I also really like how your personality shines through in the videos - you're a really likeable human and a great player. A real inspiration to me. Cheers and happy new year.

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Thomas Runolfsson - Berkeley, CA
Completely opened the door to jazz for me

Hello, I am truly inspired by Robert Conti's instruction. I have very much enjoyed his "Source Code" video lessons, it really is exactly what I am looking for to play more traditional jazz. I really can't put into words what these lessons have done for me. I know I will buy more lessons from this website. I have seen Conti in action on Youtube. Robert Conti has just completely opened the door to jazz for me. I love these lessons so much. Thank you for sharing these jazz secrets that no one wants to tell. So happy I finally decided to lay down some money and really check this out.

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Cary Halpern - Atlanta, GA
Very happy with the lessons

I just started the Jazz Lines DVD and I'm very happy with the lessons. It's got me playing outside my usual boxes and I'm excited to continue going through all the DVDs in the future.

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Dave Doyle - Los Angeles, CA
Really enjoy your books

Hello Robert Dave Doyle here I really enjoy your books and DVD tutorials. You would have changed my live had I meet you 30 years ago. Boy would I have loved to met you at that hotel gig in L.A . in 1988 that lasted so long. I am 64 years old I came up in a great time for music ,,,the 60's but not such a hot time for jazz guitar education. All we had were the Mickey Baker books and the Berklee stuff. Mickey Baker was great intro to chords ,,but Robert I hate to say it for the life of me I could never play thru the tune examples and make any sense of them, Finally I said to Hell with it & started doing what I should have done to start with. I started buying LPs by Kenny Burrell, BB King, T bone Walker and Grant Green and started "wood shedding" 'copping solos off records, Question: Do you ever teach privately or in workshops in LA or Vegas? Please let me know. I'd really like to meet you. Best Regards and Keep up the great work you're involved with

Dave, Robert does offer private 1 on 1 sessions via Zoom. Please see this link for more info: https://www.robertconti.com/virtual-private-lesson/ and thank you for your kind comments!

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Kane Lamberty - Orlando, FL
Puts the lines right under your fingers

I bought The Jazz Lines about three weeks ago and I am stunned at how easy it is to improve by leaps and bounds just by doing the exercises in the book, without even viewing the DVD. It is just as Mr. Conti says: it puts the lines right under your fingers. It makes practicing FUN.

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