I've been waiting to listen to this album for years, and I am so glad to finally get to hear it. It was well worth the wait. Robert's playing is so beautifully exposed in this selection of standards plus one additional tune. They are all so tastefully arranged and showcase his wonderful solo guitar style. I've learned so much from studying his books, and listening to this really demonstrates how you can develop these tools into arrangements that stand on their own. Sit back and relax as you enjoy this stunning solo performance.
Robert Conti is a genius of Jazz guitar just like Wes Montgomery – both developed their own unique voice and approach. Robert plays up to 300 beats per minute on his many records and has a tremendous fluid technique. Robert Conti approach is fresh, simple and effective to get anyone to play blues and jazz lines straight away.
I was extremely happy with been able to have the opportunity of a one to one session with Robert Conti. It was just like being in a bar chatting about aspects of playing. Robert is very approachable and is open to discuss all aspects pf playing. I studied the material and had questions. The ideas demonstrated and discussed just connected effortlessly.
The discussion was very fruitful with new ideas was also given by Robert which was very appreciated. It was such a great session that Robert and I agreed to connect again with specific questions about the DVD called Big City Blues Vol 1.
When I think of Mr. Conti, the first word that comes in mind is: GENEROSITY! He never watches the time, and never makes you feel time is running, and you never can feel he’s boring himself and just gives you private lesson to earn money. To the contrary, he takes with you all the time you need (for me he takes one hour more because he understood I’m very interested with music and motivated to work hard on his material).
He speaks to you as if you were his own son, you are immediately so confident with him, although you can be somehow nervous at the beginning haha! He really wants you to become the best player you can be!
He gives all the material you need, can answer to any question that comes in your mind, and highly motivates you to work hard. He will give immediately new ideas that you can incorporate to your playing instantly.
Believe me, I’m a professional player, and my playing is getting on a new level with Bob’s approach! I just can tell this material is fantastic and I will work all his DVDs (AND I LIKE THAT HE MAKES NEW ADVANCED DVD SERIES !!!)
So, work on his material, prepare a few questions and HAVE A PRIVATE LESSON WITH BOB YOU WON’T REGRET IT! May these few words be helpful for passionate jazz guitarist, and let’s share with everyone what we learn with Bob, because transmission of this wonderful art is highly important! THANKS AGAIN MR. ROBERT CONTI !!!
I must say that Bob is exceeding my expectations. He is an outstanding musician and educator. I feel like he has really taken the time to understand my current skill level and put together a plan that optimizes practice time.
Bob knows how to set learning goals and motivate his students to achieve them. I’ve never been so optimistic about my jazz-guitar-playing future!
Looking forward to the next lesson!
I have been playing guitar for 36 years, mostly rock, but have been trying to play jazz off and on for several years. I have always been stuck memorizing arrangements or transcriptions note for note until now. I have been studying "The Formula" and many of Mr. Conti's arrangements lately and a light bulb went on. I feel liberated! I was playing the same old turnarounds over and over when I noticed the secret to making up my own. Using information from "The Formula" and by studying Mr. Conti's arrangements I am able to hear turnarounds in my head and make them up on the fly! Also, I understand and am able to change some of the chords in the arrangements every time I play them if I want. I guess what I am saying is that even though Mr. Conti's arrangements are great, I am able to hear and play different variations of them every time. Thank You so much!
Two thumbs up for Robert and his entire team! I just got this beautiful Entrada and have been floating up on Cloud 9 ever since I first touched it. The sound is simply amazing. It radiates that elusive jazz tone that one can spend years trying to find or create. Right out of the box the action was setup perfectly and required only a slight tuning of the strings. The neck of this guitar is slender and fits nicely in the hand from the bottom to the top of the fretboard. I agree with Robert when he says it “plays like butter”. I also like the balance between the headstock and the body so with or without the strap it doesn’t want to tip up or down. The entire experience from ordering to receiving this guitar has been great fun. Thanks again Robert, Steve and Mike!
Love the video! Robert is so kind and generous as a teacher and I really have enjoyed his lessons. What a wonderful introduction to my new guitar! My family watched the video too and we are all so excited for it to arrive on Monday! I am like a kid right before Christmas!
Thanks again, to you and Robert and all the folks who made this guitar possible for me!
Yes, 'Bob' arrived Friday, nice! Loved the intro video, thank Robert for us. My wife Claire watched it with me, and was impressed with his passion for music, the instruments, and the people. Guitar looks and feels great. The nice grain on the top looks like a spruce cap, is that the case? Also, I have to report a dissatisfaction in playability. I don't know if the guitar could be faulty? I find in life that effort is usually rewarded, however, when I play I don't seem to be making any effort, but still the sound comes out, I don't understand 😉 Will contact next week, with photo to follow.
My 2012 Conti Equity in Blonde is right at the top of my favorite guitars of all time . . . and I've owned them all in 50+ years of professional playing. The fit and finish is exquisite, with action that provides just the right amount of "bounce" off the strings to make it a dream to play. As someone who plays barehand fingerstyle, two big features that my Conti shines at are pickup response and string spread in the right hand. The pickups have just the right amount of thump in the bass while giving me a smooth top end that is easy on the ears. String spread for right hand placement is perfect for a normal adult hand. I don't have to be conscious of where my fingers are naturally laying. And with the single pickup I prefer, it nudges me to use the full range of the guitar through bridge to neck plucking. All in all, my Conti Equity goes on every gig, is a superb performer sonically, and gets lots of compliments for visual appeal. I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER!
I just started the Jazz Lines DVD and I'm very happy with the lessons. It's got me playing outside my usual boxes and I'm excited to continue going through all the DVDs in the future.
I try to make some comments for your website although my English is not the best. But I can tell right now that your products were a kind of revelation for me. As Robert says in the video, I was one of those who has lost a lot of time with « mode and scales ». Thanks a lot for those DVDs!
I'm just finishing (working on Danny Boy) the Assembly Line and loved it. Starting the Formula! now and on my second exercise in the Precision Technique. Loving every bit of it! I am so excited because Mr. Conti's materials are transforming my playing!
I''m 61 (yep) and play in a jazz combo. I do pretty well playing and reading changes which works fine because I'm the only rhythm instrument. Soloing? Even after all these years/decades, I struggle in spite of owning just about every jazz guitar instruction book there is. I mean, really. So, I committed this last month, come hell or high water, to go thru RC's first Improv DVD along with his Technique DVD. Every day. And you know what? I've progressed more in these last few weeks, improvisationally, than any time before. Again, mind you, I've been playing and getting paid to do so for decades!
Just wanted to say that I got The Formula! through Steve Herron's website recently and I like it a lot. It's everything Steve said it was and more. I have been studying jazz guitar for longer than I want to say, but "The Formula!" succeeds in communicating the creative side of harmony on jazz guitar in a unique and above all practical way that I can really use. It is just what I needed to get across the gap between theory and practice.
There is much more depth in what you teach than you give away on the surface, and I appreciate the way you've put things together in a deceptively simple way. As much as I like single-line solos, there's nothing more beautiful than chord melody on jazz guitar, and I feel like I'm finally beginning to understand how a pro thinks about it, thanks to The Formula!
I'm getting on slowly with the DVDs. I'm a real beginner at Jazz guitar although I have played several other instruments during my lifetime, so I have a reasonable knowledge of music theory and practice. I am concentrating on the Precision Technique to try to get some technical facility with the guitar, but also made a start on Ticket to Improv volume one. My problem is I've never played single string stuff on the guitar, nor ever used a pick so this new project is a real challenge (I am 69 yrs old so don't perhaps learn quite as quickly as I used to!)
My biggest struggle is placing the fingers of the left had on the right strings (you can't really see the fretboard when you're looking edge-on) and then trying to hit the correct string with the pick. Sounds easy but it's not! I am improving though - just too slow for my liking, but I do realise it will come with time. The coming winter will give me more time to practice. I am enjoying it though and that's the main thing. Bob's various narratives have been very helpful and inspiring, as has the player's gallery.
I really like Bob's approach to learning - it is exactly the approach I've discovered for myself over many years on different instruments. Practice by playing the music you want on the instrument - use exercises only when technical facility needs to be specifically improved. Leave theory to later (or maybe not at all).
Hello, you may remember me as the guy who bought Robert's double gig bag in the 7 11 parking lot. Anyway I have worked my way through the big city blues series I bought and now want the next series. Don't know which package that is so please advise. But I want the same monkey see monkey do format. This works well for me. I went from sounding like one big major scale to being melodic. Please thank Robert for all his effort. Also what I see in his DVDs is someone who cares about my playing. Not just someone who wants to cash a check. Thanks again.
Hi Robert, first I wanted to say thank you for your jazz master course that I purchased at the TrueFire website. I am really enjoying the contents of the course as well as yourself. Your demeanor and delivery is fabulous! I have many miles to go before I assimilate all the material and get it up to speed. I am a fairly new, 50+ year-old rock pop smooth jazz guitarist. Though I'm not a jazz guitarist by any means not even remotely close, I purchased that course because I really see the advantage of getting those lines under my fingers to add flavor to what I play. And I want to say how much I really enjoyed you, which led me to your website because I wanted to send you an email as per your request to tell you what I thought. Besides your great demeanor I really love the way you broke everything down, played it slowly and showed exactly how it was to be played at all tempos. Great job! I see you also have lesson material here as well and if there's anything that you would recommend in addition please let me know. Thank you again.
Hello Robert Dave Doyle here I really enjoy your books and DVD tutorials. You would have changed my live had I meet you 30 years ago. Boy would I have loved to met you at that hotel gig in L.A . in 1988 that lasted so long. I am 64 years old I came up in a great time for music ,,,the 60's but not such a hot time for jazz guitar education. All we had were the Mickey Baker books and the Berklee stuff. Mickey Baker was great intro to chords ,,but Robert I hate to say it for the life of me I could never play thru the tune examples and make any sense of them, Finally I said to Hell with it & started doing what I should have done to start with. I started buying LPs by Kenny Burrell, BB King, T bone Walker and Grant Green and started "wood shedding" 'copping solos off records, Question: Do you ever teach privately or in workshops in LA or Vegas? Please let me know. I'd really like to meet you. Best Regards and Keep up the great work you're involved with
Dave, Robert does offer private 1 on 1 sessions via Zoom. Please see this link for more info: https://www.robertconti.com/virtual-private-lesson/ and thank you for your kind comments!
I've only been using it for the last two days, but I know it is exactly what I need at this point. I'm a beginning guitarist (I'm 64). I've been playing for 5 months (but 2 hrs per day). I took up the guitar specifically to play jazz and I've definitely felt that it is important to focus on my technique even at this early stage. I've also decided to use the .38mm pick. This is quite an adjustment for me, because I've been using a 5mm pick! While there is not as much volume with the ultra thin pick, I've certainly noticed a definite improvement in the tone and articulation of the notes. I am very excited by Robert Conti's technique and teachings. Thank you all for making these wonderful products.
I found out about them by searching on Google for jazz guitar instructional material, more specifically I was looking for comping material and got a hit for the Comping Expo DVD and then saw the rest of Mr. Conti's videos. I am an aspiring Jazz guitarist and because I am from Brisbane Australia, video materials and written materials are often the best way to learn from people who have mastered this great art form. It's a great service to the tradition that people like Mr. Conti put their knowledge out there for people to study. Thanks again I truly appreciate the extra effort put in on my order.
I bought The Jazz Lines about three weeks ago and I am stunned at how easy it is to improve by leaps and bounds just by doing the exercises in the book, without even viewing the DVD. It is just as Mr. Conti says: it puts the lines right under your fingers. It makes practicing FUN.
Conti products are awesome and my guitarist has improved a lot. We are indeed happy customers and wow thank you for the picks 🙂 About the video, he said he will make one and I'd send you the link when its ready. All I can say for now is he really improved on Jazz improvisation because of Robert Conti videos and books! We love jazz more than any kind of music!
I absolutely love all the previous DVDs--a lifetime of work for sure--however extremely enjoyable! I really appreciate the promptness that you guys demonstrate with the shipping of your merchandise. I will always be a repeat customer 🙂
Well, Well. Been watching your Source Code for over a year now - and finally -- the light came on. It took a great deal of time for this old brain to wrap around what you are saying. Had I been 21 or so - I'm almost certain it would have registered with me about 11 and 1/2 months ago. Anyway - You've given players so much with this Boss. Most of us wont realize it for a few years. Thanks for all your hard work and many hours of experience - explained in such a way - that even old dudes like me can soak it up. I'm working on a new video - gonna steal some "Conti" thoughts --- mix em' up with some Johnson thoughts and see what happens.
Hi Robert, just want to say I received my recent order last week. It was a very quick delivery from USA into Canada. The Formula lessons are exactly what I was looking for. I have been following you for several years in JJG magazine and tried to apply my interpretation of your reharmonization ideas to a variety of tunes. But actually getting The Formula and understanding your explanation corrected all the little problems I was having and brought the process into clear focus. Excellent material.