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Entrada Archtop Guitar
Fred Kofler - Boynton Beach, Florida
Sounds as beautiful as it looks

I purchased an Entrada archtop jazz guitar from Robert Conti and it sounds as beautiful as it looks. I have been attempting to play jazz guitar for many years. I had excellent teachers, learned theory and chord melody. I would practice all the time and never feel comfortable playing or learning how to improvise. Then I found Robert on the internet and in just a couple of months I am shocked at how much I improved. His simple, straight forward method has helped open a whole new world of guitar playing for me. Just like many of his other students, I regret not studying with him years ago, but I’m here now and I’m getting better every day

Off to a good start!

I'm Brazilian, I play as a hobby and I would like to play jazz. This lesson got me off to a good start!

One Little YouTube Clip Got Me Hooked

Back in 2017, I stumbled across Robert through one of his YouTube promos. One particular line that really grabbed my brain and threw it on the floor was a fast bebop-style enclosure over D9#11. I was able to figure it out what he was doing and have used it ever since; mostly as a speed exercise. Getting it up to speed btw is not as easy as RC makes it look but, practice makes perfect. And I still think it's one of the most fantastic jazz lines I ever heard.

More recently, I was reviewing enclosures and remembered the RC clip. Perhaps it was time to find out what came in the bars preceding and following the YT clip (I had no idea it was part of a solo for "Ipanema"). I wasn't looking for lessons as much as lines to steal. :)

On the RC.com web site I found what seemed to be the same title that appeared on the YT video. But was it? And was the transcription PDF really included with the DVD? Was it any good? And was all this really available for just $15? It almost looked too good to be true.

That's where the online Chat sessions with Steve came in. Steve is not a bot. :) He was extremely helpful and thoroughly addressed all my questions (including a later follow-up). He's a big part of what makes the RC web site work.

Having been involved with video productions myself, I know how much work has gone into the lesson structure, the video recording, the music transcription, the mp3 files, etc. It's beautifully done: especially for $15!!! Simply put, this instruction video is a very
high-quality product that is exceptional value for money.

My only regret is not having had RC as a teacher, early on, when I was desperate to get some fast-ish jazz solo lines under my fingers without being constantly frustrated by teachers insisting on doing every but.

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Vol. 4 All Blues (Miles Davis)
User: ldrayrainey on TrueFire
A real master!

JazzMaster Product Review:
I have quite a few Conti courses and I think he is a great nuts-and-bolts teacher, especially be-bop soloing. I haven't found anyone who offers so many chord substitutions. He shows how to play a tune that has maybe 6 - 8 chords and use maybe 40 - 50 choices. Mind boggling at first but when you figure him out, he's WOW!

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Vol. 4 Wave
User: gear1152 on TrueFire
A little gem

JazzMaster Product Review:
This course is a little gem among the many Truefire course. At first, you might be thrown by the old-timey production, but actually there's a ton of great information. Conti, a real master of jazz, take you measure by measure of solos for three different types of jazz tunes. However, it's not a just a play-this-note, play-that-note course. Conti tells you the substitutions he's thinking of when playing the line and there are some great comping ideas too. By the end of the course, you'll have a lot of great moves to add to your vocabulary. Definitely worth the time and money for this course.

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Vol. 4 Signature Chord Melody Arrangements
User: thierrypaul on TrueFire
Nice surprise

JazzMaster Product Review:
Good course, I particularly appreciate the second part which is devoted to accompaniment of standards, rich and complete it will take me time to learn everything!

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Vol. 3 One Note Samba
User: Samori on TrueFire
Fascinating and Different

Review on Jazz Master product:
This is my first experience with Conti's methodology and it's fascinating - unusual compared with most other approaches, but it seems to work! Looking forward to trying some of the others.

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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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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