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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. 2 Corcovado (Quiet Nights)

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Another Jobim favorite, Corcovado, or Quiets Nights of Quiet Stars in English was composed in 1960

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Lesson solo over chord progression to: Corcovado (Quiet Nights)

INCLUDED:

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

DVD Running Time: 1 Hour, 14 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.

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Kenn Paderewski - Munich, Germany
I must be getting better

I got the package yesterday and dove right into Corcovado with Robert's brilliant lines ... incredible! Much obliged! So far, easy going... I must be getting better ... WAVE, SATIN DOLL, BLUESETTE were excellent training for CORCOVADO.

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Frank Potter - Hamilton, OH
Mr. Conti's lessons are excellent!

Thank you so much for retro-fitting my recent guitar instruction order to be included within the sale. This was a wonderful act of kindness toward me. You have a life long customer!  Plus, Mr. Conti's lessons are excellent!

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Guy Guerra - Naples, FL
Listening to your comments ...

Bob, I have to says Thanks again. I was going over your Corcovado solo in the Rio series to use in tonight's gig, but started getting burnt out. I was having trouble remembering the phrasing of bar 23 and 24, so I went back to the video. You were very motivating in your talk during these two bars, and it really helped me get back on to my studies. I've noticed that listening to your comments has motivated me in the past, but I really needed it today.Thanks,Guy

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Whit Bartlett - Titusville, FL
Very frankly, simply brilliant

Robert, I thought it was time to tell you how much your efforts in guitar education are appreciated. I previously worked my way thru your series of Source Code books. I found them refreshing and unique, but struggled with, frankly, the nuances of a line, i.e., the way in which a line was presented. It is hard to get this feeling off a printed page, unless you are a classical musician. In which case the conductor provides nuances. I recall hearing Tal Farlow during my high school years in the '50s, and I purchased my first LP The Red Norvo Trio at Levis Music Store inRochester, NY, My buddy took trumpet lessons at Eastman School of Music and advised me to quit listening to Les Paul and Mary Ford and check out the Norvo/Mingus/Farlow trio. I did, and it changed my life. My buddy went on to be a musical educator, and I, a NASA Scientist, but I will never forget those first Tal Farlow lines I heard.. Indeed, I used my father's talking book recorder to slow the guitar lines to half time, but an octave lower. And what a struggle to try to duplicate these lines! This is all offered in an attempt to extend to you my heartfelt thanks in finally making accessible so many of the jazz lines I love. Your DVD's are unselfish in their presentation, and very frankly, simply brilliant!! Many, many thanks, and continued success!

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Dave Ruggiero – Summit, NJ
Introduced me to several new devices

Not only does this solo follow in the Conti tradition of taking key harmonic devices and twisting them around and connecting them in interesting ways, but also, at least at my stage in the process, it introduced me to several new devices, including two diminished ideas that will get a lot of mileage and inspire further experimentation.

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Jerry McKinnon - New Braunfels, TX
The DVD is "super excellent"

Tell Robert that the DVD is "super excellent", wow great lines and excellent education!

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Robert Blagg - Richmond, VA
Best teaching material out there

Mr. Conti, I received my first DVD, "Corcovado", last Monday. I am very impressed with all aspects of the production. It goes without saying that the solo is extraordinary. My son, who is 14 and into metal, rock, etc. came home from a week vacation with his aunt. I asked him to listen to me play the solo with my Band in a Box accompanying me. He said "Dad, I've never heard you sound like that. That was amazing!" I can't wait to pull this solo out at my next jam session. Thank you so much. I just ordered "Cherokee" and "12 Bar Blues". This is the best teaching material out there, and I've tried a lot! Bless you for sharing!!!

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