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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Jack Marchewka – Phillips, WI USA
Cannot find an imperfection or a flaw, or fret buzzes

I received my new Blonde Entrada with the Midnight Package and two pickups exactly one week ago. Let’s just say it was love at first sight. I wasn’t quite sure what to make of all the “hype” on the Conti website, but this guitar has exceeded my expectations.

The guitar was shipped in a sturdy container that was well packed. I thought about ordering the hard-shell case, but the gig bag is well constructed and sturdy. If I was touring and traveling, I think this would have been a good option, but the gig bag will be fine for gigging locally.

The black knobs, switches, and tuners really pop against the natural blonde wood. I’ve looked this guitar over carefully and cannot find an imperfection or a flaw with the finish or build. Every time I look more closely at this guitar I notice more interesting and beautiful wood grain textures that make this guitar unique.

The intonations are spot on, and the action is probably the lowest of all my other guitars. The neck is setup just right because not a single string or fret buzzes. With the ebony fretboard, this guitar does “play like butter.”

The tone of this guitar really sets it apart, and I am very impressed with the Kent Armstrong pickups. As I would expect from a good jazz guitar, it has warm, bright, and clear tones when played cleanly. However, this guitar can get down and dirty when playing rock or blues. The tone of the guitar cuts through when using a little distortion and effects. With two pickups, this guitar does it all!

The customer service has been excellent. Shortly after placing my order on the Web site, I received a phone call to confirm my order and ask questions. I thought it was a nice touch to reach out to me and create a more personal relationship. My guitar shipped as promised.

Everyone who purchases a Conti guitar is promised to receive a video of Robert Conti playing YOUR guitar as a final quality control check before the guitar ships. Honestly, I expected a 2- or 3-minute video of Robert running through a quick song and then saying something like “Thanks for buying a guitar.” The video I received was over 30 minutes! Robert played several songs and even read the serial number of the guitar that I would receive, as well as some important information regarding the maintenance and care of this fine instrument. I’ve watched the video over and over just to enjoy his beautiful playing. Thanks, Robert. The video adds so much more to owning this guitar.

Lives up to its claims!

This course gives you several ways to play a maj 7 arpeggio pattern at light speed in multiple places on the fingerboard, with commentary on how to move the patterns around to fit the tonal center of the underlying chord progression. For me this method is highly preferable to learning the arpeggio for a handful of chords and then not know how to string them together or what chords they work over. Conti’s method addresses all the theory issues of improvisation without boring the student with the details. You come away with fiery licks right off the bat. Fun, and effective.

Vol. 1 Signature Chord Melody Arrangements

It is excellent, so many interesting chords and ways of studying and learning songs and harmony. I would recommend the book “Formula” of Mister Conti to understand the functioning of the movements of chords.

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Vol. 3 One Note Samba
John Angilletta
Can't wait to dig in to One Note Samba!

Based on my experience with past purchases, I can honestly say that Robert Conti's materials do work!
With Robert Conti's guidance, you will be
playing credible sounding Jazz guitar before you know it!

Vol. 3 Signature Chord Melody Arrangements

There is a lot to learn from Mr. Conti books and videos. Different and very interesting ways to improve technicality and musically. Excellent!

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The Jazz Lines
Vernon Fuller
Early days but the signs are very encouraging! Recommended!

It's early days as I have only recently started working my way through the Jazz Lines. But, even with only lesson one completed, I can see a connection between the chords, the notes and how moveable and applicable the lines are. I plan to be back and comment further and possibly even film me playing sometime.

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Solo Guitar (1979)
Manuel Sanfeliu de Miguel
Success

Bought this lp in 79. Now i sold all my lps but i wanted to keep a stream recorded of a masterpiece

Vol. 4 Satin Doll

$14.95

Your right of passage into the world of advanced jazz guitar. If you’ve been through Ticket To Improv, Vol. 1, then we suggest Satin Doll as a good entry point into the advanced solo series.

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Description

Lesson solo over chord progression to: Satin Doll

INCLUDED:

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

DVD Running Time: 1 Hour, 43 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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G.T.-.B.W.
Second learning DVD from Conti...

This is my second learning DVD from Robert Conti and I couldn't ask for a better or more talented instructor. I have laid off my guitar for a few months due to health reasons, so this is going to take some time--and I'm sure I will enjoy every minute of it.

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R.A.-.W.R.
most fun practicing that I have ever had

I am having the most fun practicing that I have ever had. Mr. Conti's comprehension of what we, as much lesser players, need for tools to learn, is a tremendous testament to his genius as not only a player of unparalleled brilliance but also as a teacher on the same level of his incredible playing. For years (I haven't practiced in almost 10 years) I played scales and arpeggios until I could play them at very fast tempos. But when I tried to jam with real jazz players I had no library of lines, to rely on so my solos were just sterile scales which frustrated me to no end.I was not playing music. Just playing rote gymnastics.

I can't thank Mr. Conti enough. He has finally shown me that there is a way to learn jazz. BY PLAYING IT! I apologize for being so long winded about this. It's just that I am so excited that I know in a while from now I believe I will finally be able to play music. Play jazz.  Anyway, I could write for hours about how glad I am that I found out about Mr. Conti,  his playing and teaching skills, but I won't bore you any more right now. Thanks (again!)

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G.T.-.B.W.
very impressed with the DVD

I am very impressed with the DVD and with Robert Conti's playing and ability to explain and demonstrate the material clearly.  I first learned of the DVDs from samples on you-tube.  I just need to take time work with the DVD and will send more comments later.

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D.F.-.L.M.
Impressive

Hello, just heard about this site thought I'd check it out. impressive!

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D.R.-.S.N.
Making the learning far less steep

With this being my first foray into the intermediate/advanced level bebop improvisation, I was impressed with both the lines themselves and the presentation of the lesson. What was an originally a flurry of notes followed by "what the hell was that?" became lines that are being worked into my own vocabulary. The lines themselves challenged both my left and right hand techniques and the effort has paid off as they have both improved tremendously.

The other benefit to this DVD from an educational perspective, at least from the standpoint of someone making a shift from the Ticket to Improv series, is that once the bulk of the Ticket to Improv series got under my hands and once I started understanding the lines, ideas and underlying harmonic concepts in that series, I was able to see them in this DVD, thereby making the learning far less steep and providing an important first step and confidence to tackle the challenge. This speaks as much for the Ticket to Improv series for its ability to prepare students as much as it does for this DVD to further increase that knowledge and ability to play.

As I've mentioned before, the ability to obtain results speaks volume about an educator's ability to educate as well as the credibility associated with the ability to deliver the results promised. Robert Conti has hit a home run on both counts!

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A.A.-.S.P.B.
The ability to obtain results speaks volumes

Hello, I'm a Professional Musician in Brazil, and I got this DVD Conti give to us an amazing theory and style improvisation that you MUST know, I'm so glad to learn with Conti. Thank You Very Much!

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D.L.-.C.G.
Production and approach is fantastic

Just got through previewing the Smoking Lineman and Chord Melody DVDs. The production and approach is fantastic. Just the way I have felt a teaching product should be made and marketed for many years. For those of us with limited time and passion for jazz guitar this is perfect! I will start practicing this weekend!

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