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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

Tired of low paying gigs?

Robert Conti maintained a top level gig in a luxurious Southern California hotel for 10 solid years, performing five nights per week. How did he do it? Learn to play pro level, elegant sounding chord melody arrangements and you’ll rival any piano player.

Two weeks became 10 years

The Irvine Marriott, a luxurious Southern California hotel contracted Robert Conti to perform for two weeks.  However, the overwhelming guest response caused hotel management to keep Robert performing his exquisite chord melody arrangements nightly, in their gorgeous lobby lounge for 10 straight years.

BUT, you don't have to be Robert Conti to play these lush melodies:

“I have started by learning Robert’s Conti’s chord melody arrangements which I have now performed a couple of times in front of an audience at a jazz open mic night.  They really liked how the arrangements sound and congratulated me on how well I played them.  Before I learned from Robert Conti I knew some chord melodies but I hadn’t the guts to go perform them. I think as well as teaching you – Robert gives you inspiration and belief – and I have never even met him. He gives you the feeling that you can shoot for the stars!” 

Adam Hinchliffe – Huddersfield, United Kingdom

“Today I, (again!), ordered some of your books. The ones I already have are of great inspiration. I’m not a pro, not even a gifted amateur, but…..one with a good ear for chords and embellishing melodies, mostly the famous standards of The Great American Songbook, which I perform with a female singer with a clear sensitive voice and a bass-player.  As you take many of these songs as vehicles for showing beautiful chord melody playing, I’m in the right place with your books. so …to say it in one word: THANKS!”

Louis Frederix – Nijmegen, Netherlands

“What I lacked, you provided in spades ! I love Jimmy Van Heusen’s songs and you’ve exposed his fondness for chromatic movement and tomorrow, I shall be learning your great arrangement. I’ve learned many of yours via your Signature Chord Melody Arrangements series and cannot thank you enough for removing the mystique and often high-brow pompousness associated with the genre. May you long continue to inspire, teach and amaze!”

Dave Jones, Saint Petersburg, Florida

“Your way of presenting harmonic variations and chord substitutes are easy to read – and a true source of inspiration.  Some parts are challenging, but not out of reach.  That’s the best way to learn new things without being frustrated. My chord melody playing is improving constantly every day.  Your chord melody books are to me, the most helpful instruction since I started playing guitar 25 years ago. Thank you very much for your great work.”

Gereon Hoffmann – Cchifferstadt, Germany

What makes the Conti Signature Chord Melodies different from everything out there?

Guitar Chord Grids

Almost every chord solo arrangement in the marketplace is written in notation and tablature, which is often discouraging and perhaps, the very reason why most guitarists steer clear of solo playing altogether.

An arrangement is useless if you can’t read it due to complicated notation.  Always raising the bar in jazz guitar instruction, Robert Conti provides the student with the correct chord grid for every melody note. The focus of every Conti product is to get you playing immediately. So even if you cannot read music, you can play the arrangements like a pro.

If you can play a simple chord grid, you can sound like a pro!

Audio Samples (Note: Arrangements do not include audio or video)

Let It Be Me (Volume 2)

Misty (Volume 6)

Depending on your level of skill, you can choose to omit chords in favor of single notes as demonstrated in the sample below:

The Press Speaks

Conti Checks In Alone - Los Angeles Times

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Please Note: No audio or video is included with the Signature Chord Melody Arrangement series. Any title listed below is delivered instantly in a PDF download format. No physical books will be shipped to you. You may print the arrangements or view them on your computer with the free Adobe Reader software.

Signature Chord Melody Arrangements, Vol 1 Cover
  • A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
  • Bluesette
  • Born To Lose
  • Graduation Day
  • My Romance
  • When I Fall In Love
Sig Chord Mel Vol 2
  • Let It Be Me
  • Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars
  • Sleepwalk
  • Tenderly
  • The Nearness Of You
  • When Sunny Gets Blue
Sig Chord Mel Vol 3
  • I’ve Grown Accustomed To Your Face
  • Over The Rainbow
  • The Gentle Rain
  • Try A Little Tenderness
  • What A Wonderful World
  • What’s New
Sig Chord Mel Vol 4
  • Days Of Wine And Roses
  • My Secret Love
  • Our Love Affair
  • Too Late Now
  • What R U Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
  • You Stepped Out Of A Dream
Sig Chord Mel Vol 5
  • Body & Soul
  • I Got Rhythm
  • Summertime
  • The Shadow Of Your Smile
  • Willow Weep For Me
  • You Go To My Head
Sig Chord Mel Vol 6
  • As Time Goes By
  • Embraceable You
  • Fascinatin’ Rhythm
  • Misty
  • Nevertheless I’m In Love With You
  • Round Midnight
Sig Chord Mel Vol 7
  • At Last
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • Laura
  • Softly As I Leave You
  • Someone To Watch Over Me
  • That’s All
Sig Chord Mel Vol 8
  • A Certain Smile
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay
  • On Green Dolphin Street
  • Since I Fell For You
  • Today
Sig Chord Mel Holiday
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Frosty The Snowman
  • Greensleeves
  • Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  • Home For The Holidays
  • Jingle Bells
  • Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
  • Oh Christmas Tree
  • Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Silent Night
  • Toyland
  • Winter Wonderland

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