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Gitarist Magazine Review

Who? Jazz Guitarist Robert Conti holds the world record‐keep your gig: He played no less than ten years time every evening solo at the Marriott Hotel in Irvine, California. Today he attacked the guitar world from Las Vegas with reading material in the form of books and DVDs.   He also developed an eight‐string guitarand he now promotes a model jazz guitaar Robert Conti. Book? We received five part series of “Signature Chord Melody Arrangements” with operations standards for solo guitar as Body And Soul, Summertime and The Shadow Of Your Smile. The concept could not be simpler: a ring band with melody in standard …

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Play Pro Chord Melody Vol, 3,4,5

I reviewed the first two DVD’s in this series in the November issue. In these Three DVDs Bob teaches you arrangement of Danny Boy, Poor Butterfly and Indian Summer.  Once again his method is to teach you measure by measure, chord by chord so when you are finished with the DVD you have an understanding of how to play different versions of the arrangement. I viewed Indian Summer first. Check out his new Parker archtop on this one. He begins by playing the chord melody arrangement slowly with great closeups of his hand position. He always has something going in in …

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Play Pro Chord Melody Today Review – Vols. 1 & 2

Having just gotten Robert Conti’s new DVDs “Since I Fell For You” and “God Bless the Child”, I thought sme here might be interested in what these are like. Both these DVDs follow the same format in print and intent as his books on chord melody. Each DVD only treats ONE tune, the title of the DVD. That way, he has a lot of time to devote to making sure the student “gets it”.

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Vintage Guitar Magazine Interview

Anybody so into jazz guitar that they think they’ve seen it all may want to take a gander at the video clips on Robert Conti’s website.  Chances are they’ll end up joining the growing ranks of those who start wondering where he – or we – have been. It could be chalked up to the “flying under the radar” maxim, but get to know  Conti’s inconceivable chops, astounding technique, and downright revered teaching materials, and it seems more likely he’s simply been flying above it.  A Philly native, Conti grew up with  fellow jazzer Pat Martino, was gigging on the road by his early teens, has released a number of …

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Lineman/Rio/Blues Improv DVD Review

Robert Conti

Robert Conti, a jazz guitarist who is already perhaps the most prolific educator on the scene today, has just released a second trilogy of superb DVD additions to his highly-popular “Smokin’ Lineman” lesson series. For those readers unfamilar with the series, the videos cover everything from bebop to latin to blues, and utilitize standard repertoire to showcase and explain Robert’s improvised solos. The new editions center on classics like “Rhythm Changes,” “Corcovado,” and “Georgia On My Mind.”

Conti is well-known for his down-to-earth, user friendly approach to a genre often made needlessly complex by so many teachers and authors steeped in classroom theory rhetoric. Once again, he succeeds admirably in making the student feel as though he/she is taking a private lesson with a master guitarist right in their own home. Despite Robert’s obvious technical prowess, he has a knack for instilling a sense of confidence in the aspiring student, patiently guiding them through each section of the solo in great detail. These videos are high-quality, well-produced from top to bottom, and

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The Formula: 2003 Product Review in JJG

Review appeared in the May 2003 Issue of Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.  This was a review of the original book, 7 years prior to the addition of the two DVDs. Nowadays the guitar educational field is simply glutted with a plethora of method books and learning aids, ranging from excellent to mediocre, but every once in a while there comes along a contribution that is truly unique and ground-breaking in scope. Jazz guitarist Robert Conti’s “The Formula” falls directly into that category, and I recently had the pleasure of reviewing his recent publication for Just Jazz Guitar Magazine. “The Formula” …

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