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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 Bluesette

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It’s Bluesette, a must know tune for any jazz guitarist. What more needs to be said?

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Lesson solo over chord progression to: Bluesette

INCLUDED:

  • Printable book (PDF) of lesson solo over chord progression to Bluesette, in notation & tablature
  • MIDI & MP3 files of single note solo & rhythm section
  • Complete Second Solo! (PDF)

DVD Running Time: 1 Hour, 10 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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Vincent Cirino - TrueFire Customer
Delivery is fabulous!

Hi Robert, first I wanted to say thank you for your jazz master course that I purchased at the TrueFire website. I am really enjoying the contents of the course as well as yourself. Your demeanor and delivery is fabulous! I have many miles to go before I assimilate all the material and get it up to speed. I am a fairly new, 50+ year-old rock pop smooth jazz guitarist. Though I'm not a jazz guitarist by any means not even remotely close, I purchased that course because I really see the advantage of getting those lines under my fingers to add flavor to what I play. And I want to say how much I really enjoyed you, which led me to your website because I wanted to send you an email as per your request to tell you what I thought. Besides your great demeanor I really love the way you broke everything down, played it slowly and showed exactly how it was to be played at all tempos. Great job! I see you also have lesson material here as well and if there's anything that you would recommend in addition please let me know. Thank you again.

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Eddie Rivera -
Thank You

I have known Robert Conti for almost 10 years. My friend Mark Stefani told Mr. Conti about me when I was injured at the WTC on 9/11/2001. Mr. Conti sent me an email wishing me a speedy recovery and well wishes. I will never forget that he took time out from his busy schedule to write me. I have been using Mr. Conti's teaching methods for a long time and they have helped me improve my guitar technique tremendously. I highly recommend his teaching products. Thank you.

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James -
Someone finally got it right

Greeting Robert I recently brought your jazz master CD set and this is incredible I was pleased with this extraordinary teaching and pleased to know someone finally got it right. James Fresh Water Records.

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Fr. Ron Parker - Bryn Mawr, PA
Just what I was looking for

As a former professional jazz guitarist of 50 years, I took a sabatical of 20 years. I started playing again after a 20 year sabbatical. I found myself dregging up old licks. I feelt I needed a spark to get going again. Your "Smoking Lineman" was just what I was looking for. Thanks Bob Fr. Ron Parker (Born in so. Phila.) I guess it's in the blood.

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Gary Smith - Somis, CA
Feel like I am getting private lessons from you

I'VE BEEN BUYING YOUR ADVANCED IMPROV, CHORD MELODY AND OUTRAGEOUS BLUES.. I FEEL LIKE I'M GETTING PRIVATE LESSONS FROM YOU. THEY ARE FABULOUS!! YOUR CD TO THE BRINK! IS GREAT! THAT SAX PLAYER IS A GREAT ADDITION. THANK YOU!

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Timo Uusiniemi - Salo,Finland
Best teaching product ever.

Just received my first order from You, the Smoking Lineman DVD. Wow, that was delivered quickly. I have to say the DVD is absolutely stunning. Bob's playing and teaching is just great. He really can make things look so easy. Best teaching product ever.

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Alfred Posey - Carthage, TX
Looked all my life for something like this

I am 70 years old and have looked all my life for something like this. Robert Conti is the best guitar instructor I have ever seen. I absolutely love the DVDs.

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