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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. 3 Blues For Alice (Birds)

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Blues For Alice, a Charlie Parker original and jazz standard from 1951

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Lesson solo over chord progression to: Blues For Alice

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  • Printable PDF of lesson solo over chord progression to Blues For Alice, in notation & tablature
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DVD Running Time: 1 Hour

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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User: "OutofTune" - From TrueFire.com Jazz Master 1
Robert Conti lessons are laid out well...

WOW!!!!!!! Robert Conti's “Jazz Master” was the first TrueFire course that I bought and I’m still learning from it. The Robert Conti lessons are laid out well with deep dives into “Bossa Nova”, “Bebop Solo”, and “Blues Solo”, into manageable bites that are not overwhelming. “Moon River”, “Rainy Day”, “Your Life”, “Wine Roses”, and “Yesterday” are taught by Brad Carlton in great detail. With almost 6 hours of lessons, there is a lot here; I’ve been though it more than once and am still learning.

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Guy Primiano - Atlanta, GA
Abundance of "musical meat"...

Hi Robert and Team,A while back, I ordered and received your; “Ticket to Improv”, Big City Blues”, and “The Formula”…All three are fantastic! After starting to use all three products, I am especially pleased with the abundance of “musical meat”, versus the traditional scale/chord rehash that is present on many other competing products. In addition, your teaching approach on the video really clarifies any difficult note transitions.I also recently contacted you about obtaining the corresponding backing tracks on CD, since I do not have MIDI capability, and you promptly sent them to me free of charge. I have really enjoyed doing business with you, I can't say enough good things your product selection, and I look forward to placing another order soon.All the best,G. PrimianoAtlanta, Georgia

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Dr. Russell Alfonso - Honolulu, HI
Approach overcomes two major obstacles:

I ordered and received 5 volumes of the improvisation DVDs. I've completed the solo for Big City Blues v.3 and now I begin The Smoking Lineman v.2 The great service of your approach overcomes two major obstacles: guitar instructor's fetish for theory and scales; and selfishness/guardedness of musicians (often in the past I'll ask a jazz guitarist show me how you played that) and I'll get evasive answers like you have to practice or I can't remember what I did or they will show you a fast tempo thereby making it difficult to see what was happening. Besides overcoming these obstacles, I appreciate your approach of not trying to reach perfection but playing the lines loosely and creatively. I also received a complimentary copy of your latest CD with my order. I wish to thank you for that as well. I do intend to eventually order all the volumes and I look forward to future new volumes. Russell

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Tim Patchin - Marina, CA
The licks are awesome

Bob, just have to drop a line to you, as a long time student. I always know where to go to get new inspiration, I've digesting your blues lessons and the licks are awesome, not just for blues, but for any style of improvization you might be learning. didn't someone say you'll never really be able to play jazz unless you can play the blues. If they didn't, somebody should have. By the way looking forward to reading about you in the upcoming issue of vintage guitar.

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