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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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God Bless The Child – Arranged by Robert Conti

  • Printable PDF of complete arrangement, prepared with simple notation and and chord grids/diagrams.
  • No hard to read stacks of notes.
  • DVD Running Time: 1 Hour, 43 Minutes

Play Pro Chord Melody Today DVD Series

While Conti is well known for his “peel paint off the walls burning solos,” at the other end of the jazz guitar world, his exquisite and lush chord melody work is often heard in fine hotel and restaurant establishments.  In fact, Robert performed 5 nights per week for 10 years in a luxurious Southern California hotel.

In each volume of the Play Pro Chord Melody Today DVD series, Robert Conti teaches you to play an entire pro level arrangement, measure-by-measure, chord by chord simply by watching the DVD and playing the provided chord grids.  Increase your repertoire of chord melody standards to become an in-demand amenity for high class establishments and you’ll rival any piano player.

“You can’t take a lesson for that price. These DVDs are a terrific opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business. Highly recommended.”

~Ed Benson, Publisher of Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.

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Lance Boyd - Cincinnati, Ohio
Love the service you are providing...

Mr Conti, I am an old blues player from Cincinnati and I think these arrangements are the greatest thing I have ever tried. I am trying to learn jazz at my age 65 and love the service you are providing. I'm not good enough to submit a video or audio yet.I just wanted to say thank you.

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Julian Wilson - Northwich UK
What a truly beautiful chord melody...

Bob, I have just started into God Bless The Child - What a truly beautiful chord melody. I had to just stop when I started the second eight bars I was so astounded at the beauty of the chord sequence. You are right - with your tuition anyone can become a great guitarist if they work at it and put the hours into it. TOP stuff my friend and mentor!

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Brian Vincent - New York, USA
you are certainly a master...

Whoever is getting this, I hope it gets to Bob, 'cause I wanna say: you are an amazing player. I'm in the New York area, and have watched, studied, enjoyed the best from Joe Pass on...there are so many, and you are certainly a master! So hard to believe I haven't seen more of you!

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John Gibbs - Shelby Twp, MI
He has also made me a better teacher

Robert Conti's arrangements and lessons are the BEST! I have purchased hundreds of books, and believe me when I tell you that Mr. Conti has taught me more than anyone or anything! He has also made me a better teacher.

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