Vol. 1 Girl From Ipanema


Probably the most well known of all the bossa nova tunes, yet also one of the most difficult to improvise over – that is, unless you have Robert Conti guiding you effortlessly through the changes!


Lesson solo over chord progression to: Girl From Ipanema


  • PDF Printable book of lesson solo, over chord progression to Girl From Ipanema, in notation & tablature
  • MIDI & MP3 files of single note solo & rhythm section

DVD Running Time: 1 Hour, 34 Minutes

Conti plays a pro level (more challenging than the Ticket To Improv series) solo over the chord changes to an in-demand jazz tune. Then, in his straight-forward approach, he teaches you to duplicate the entire solo, close-up, measure-by-measure, note-by-note. As documented by scores students in written testimonials, and their performance videos, you learn to play jazz, by playing jazz, not talking about modes or scales.

You must get the idea out of your head that you’re “just learning someone else’s solo.” When a child learns to speak, he/she emulates words that they have heard before. No one says to the child, “you’re just learning someone else’s words.” The child learns a word, then another word. The pattern continues until the child can speak in complete sentences (and without knowing the “theory” behind language.) As you develop your jazz vocabulary, you’ll soon reshape the ideas for applications over other tunes. These DVDs are for you if you’ve got serious chops, but don’t know what to do with them. If you practice modes and scales all the time, that’s what your solos will sound like – boring and uninteresting to say the least. Learn hip jazz lines, and have lots of fun doing it.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Friedrich Meier zu Sieker - Germany
DVDs are fantastic

Thanks a lot for sending the files and for the good timing. The DVDs are fantastic. I love them. They'll keep me happy for a long, long time. I am shaking my head in disbelief and I am smiling and then laughing whenever I listen to the first Ipanema solo. Enormous. Incredible. A thousand thanks to all of you for making such great music available.

One Little YouTube Clip Got Me Hooked

Back in 2017, I stumbled across Robert through one of his YouTube promos. One particular line that really grabbed my brain and threw it on the floor was a fast bebop-style enclosure over D9#11. I was able to figure it out what he was doing and have used it ever since; mostly as a speed exercise. Getting it up to speed btw is not as easy as RC makes it look but, practice makes perfect. And I still think it's one of the most fantastic jazz lines I ever heard.

More recently, I was reviewing enclosures and remembered the RC clip. Perhaps it was time to find out what came in the bars preceding and following the YT clip (I had no idea it was part of a solo for "Ipanema"). I wasn't looking for lessons as much as lines to steal. :)

On the RC.com web site I found what seemed to be the same title that appeared on the YT video. But was it? And was the transcription PDF really included with the DVD? Was it any good? And was all this really available for just $15? It almost looked too good to be true.

That's where the online Chat sessions with Steve came in. Steve is not a bot. :) He was extremely helpful and thoroughly addressed all my questions (including a later follow-up). He's a big part of what makes the RC web site work.

Having been involved with video productions myself, I know how much work has gone into the lesson structure, the video recording, the music transcription, the mp3 files, etc. It's beautifully done: especially for $15!!! Simply put, this instruction video is a very
high-quality product that is exceptional value for money.

My only regret is not having had RC as a teacher, early on, when I was desperate to get some fast-ish jazz solo lines under my fingers without being constantly frustrated by teachers insisting on doing every but.

Peter Franklin - Seminole, FL
...keep em' coming

Hello Robert! I think I have just about EVERYTHING you have for sale, so keep em' coming! I just wanted to say thanks for your generosity and easy going manner -- it gave me the confidence to realize that I could achieve my goals of playing jazz guitar if I put in the time on my instrument. Your method makes learning fun and enjoyable, because I am playing fantastic sounding lines rather than being stuck in a rut with yet another theory book. Thanks again!

Joseph Collica - Warren, MI
...been searching for a method like Robert Conti

I watch the DVD on the TV and use the MIDI files on the computer at the same time. Thank you Robert Conti for these books to learn from. Believe it or not, for years I have been looking for a method like Robert Conti to learn from. I recently found out about it from Steve at Chord Melody. Thank you so, so much.

Terry WIlliams - Adelaide, Australia
Great value, great product, great attitude -


John Payne - Rockwall, TX
How incredibly rapidly and effectively

This note is an attempt to thank you for how incredibly rapidly and effectively your lessons and videos are improving my musicianship and guitar playing!

Paul Getty - Atherton, CA
This is HIGH VALUE material,

You can pay thousands and walk away with less knowledge on harmonization. This is HIGH VALUE material, truly the new standard for jazz guitar instruction!

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