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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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Vol. 1 Green Dolphin Street

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Almost guaranteed to be heard at every jam session or jazz gig – Don’t be like a deer in the headlights when it’s your turn to solo.

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Green Dolphin Street – The very first in the advanced improv series

Lesson solo over chord progression to: On Green Dolphin Street

INCLUDED:

  • Printable book (PDF) of lesson solo over chord progression to On Green Dolphin Street, in notation & tablature
  • MIDI & MP3 files of single note solo & rhythm section

DVD Running Time: 55 Minutes

Originally released on VHS in 2001

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.

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D.D.-.
2 years later

hello, its been 2 years now since i got my first robert conti dvd. i just played the long version of green dolphin pretty well, and it keeps getting better. lots of chord melody and other solos as well. im very happy with my playing. thanks for everything

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C.C.E.-.
...this video lesson indispensable

I really enjoy the video, and DVD lesson. I studied music at Musicians' Institute in Los Angeles California. I then formally studied Jazz Guitar as a Music Major at the University of Southern California. As a child, I studied classical guitar at the Conservatory of the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri. I studied formal musical notation for a long time, and I have renewed my interest in playing music. I performed as a professional musician throughout the 1980's and 1990's. I enjoyed the opportunity to work as a studio musician during this time, and I found this video lesson indispensable.

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N.F.S.-.M.S.
Great musician and teacher...

Thanks for the MIDI files. The DVD it's great and I'm studying the phrases and practicing in all tones. Mr. Conti has a lot of swing and he is a great musician and teacher; please say to Mr. Conti that, here in Madrid, has a fan!Thanks and best regards,Nicolas

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W.M.R.-.A.I.
The most well thought out and ...

I've had occasion to purchase a lot of music instructional material over the years, but Robert Conti's DVD's certainly seem to be the most well thought out and best presented learning aids I've found yet. I'm sure I'll be purchasing more of his material as time passes. Best regards, William M. RedaAddison, IL

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N.L.-.S.A.C.
To play and sound like a real jazz player,...

Mr. Conti, Last year I heard a guy trying out an archtop at the Guitar Center in Hollywood and he sounded great. I told him how I had been trying to learn that style for ten years with videos by several jazz legends, with no improvement. He said, get a few Robert Conti DVDs and lock yourself in a room. That day I ordered the first Smoking Lineman DVD. I was so happy with the results I got from that first video, I got two more and want to get the rest just as fast as I can learn. You're the only teacher who has been able to help me start to play and sound like a real jazz player, thank you!

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B.K.-.O.C.C.
Highly recommend all material on this site!

Well, I stumbled across Robert Conti's website while searching the web for Jazz Improvization tips for Green Dolphin Street. My jazz combo really wants me to take off on Green Dolphin Street. So, I was in search of some great ideas...I FOUND THEM! Robert's version is perfect! I can't play it at the same tempo..but the jazz lines will still work for me. I was using a .73mm pick..but know an ultra thin pick is what Robert recommends...I agree! Highly recommend all material on this site!

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J.G.-.C.I.
He speaks a language I can understand

Wow,I just received the smoking lineman series! Mr. Conti is not only a great player, but a great teacher as well. These DVD's are unbelievable! The way he goes over each line including the slowed down examples, makes it easy to learn his complex hip lines. He speaks a language I can understand. Thanx for such an incredible series and taking the time and sincere effort to convey this material to others.

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