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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. 4 Satin Doll

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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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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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