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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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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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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
  • Let It Be Me
  • Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars
  • Sleepwalk
  • Tenderly
  • The Nearness Of You
  • When Sunny Gets Blue
  • I’ve Grown Accustomed To Your Face
  • Over The Rainbow
  • The Gentle Rain
  • Try A Little Tenderness
  • What A Wonderful World
  • What’s New
  • 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
  • Body & Soul
  • I Got Rhythm
  • Summertime
  • The Shadow Of Your Smile
  • Willow Weep For Me
  • You Go To My Head
  • As Time Goes By
  • Embraceable You
  • Fascinatin’ Rhythm
  • Misty
  • Nevertheless I’m In Love With You
  • Round Midnight
  • At Last
  • Honeysuckle Rose
  • Laura
  • Softly As I Leave You
  • Someone To Watch Over Me
  • That’s All
  • A Certain Smile
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’
  • Our Love Is Here To Stay
  • On Green Dolphin Street
  • Since I Fell For You
  • Today
  • 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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