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.
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!
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.
Hi! My name is Jim Brown. I am retired and I have been playing guitar since I was a child. I have had a very difficult time learning jazz improvisation. I started the Conti Ticket to Improv course about six months ago and have to say that I wish I found this course much earlier in my guitar career. I have tried many guitar books and courses in the past, with little success. Most courses emphasize theory, scales and licks. The Conti method uses whole songs and melodic lines. None of the other methods I have tried in the past have given me the access to the melodic lines needed to learn jazz guitar. In particular, this method covers melodic lines that run four measures, or more, you learn by playing actual jazz solos. The Conti approach is ideal for people trying to learn jazz who feel like their progress has stalled. Mr. Conti is one of the true New York Italian jazz guitar pros of the sixties. For those of you on a limited budget like myself the cost of the CDs in the ticket to improv series is ridiculously low, especially when using the new streaming option. Now is the time to get instruction from a jazz great before the opportunity is gone.
I'm kind of working on all of my Robert Conti products. Every so often, I go back and review the material and I always find something I've missed and a new "light bulb" goes on. The "hands-on", play the instrument approach definitely works the best for me! Thanks for a great learning resource!
I posted elsewhere that I tried learning jazz guitar about 12 years ago, but gave up due to lack of time. I got several of the Conti DVDs, but barely got started. Now that I am retired with plenty of time, I plan to get started again with the Conti DVDs. What I like about them is it gets you playing very jazzy sounding solos from day one. For me that is very important to keep my interest and motivation to keep going.
Started my day listening to Robert Conti's "To the brink" album. "Mister. Twisters Fanfare" is absolutely a perfect example of chord melody improv and flawless jazz lines. The great thing is every technique he employs is spelled out in his Source Code series books. Robert totally destroys the old saying "those that can, play.....those that that can't, teach. Robert is not only an incredible master of jazz guitar he is also dedicated to sharing his secrets with the rest of us 6 string junkies... If you've ever been baffled by "how do they do that"?, RobertConti.com is a great place to start.
Played at Mohegan Sun last night with Jump Swing Fever...first time I used my Robert Conti guitar in a big band setting....it really cut through the band with a nice Freddy Green sound! Also worked well on Big Bad Voodoo Daddy stuff. Guest soloist was Roger Ingram. Joanne M. Rodino sang about half the show....fun time.
My first lesson with Robert Conti was playing right out of the chute. He asked me to play a couple of things to quickly evaluate my technique, and then we started playing jazz. Robert emailed a chart and a handout with 12 tasty licks that can be used forever in your repertoire. We worked on the first 4 licks together and then started applying them immediately into the chart he sent. He talked about what to think about when applying these licks over the chords and theoretically why they work over the chords. Also, how to use these phrases over more chords and why they work over those chords. He talked about my technique, the equipment I used (strings, picks, etc...) to get a great sound from my instrument, and lots about the music. Robert teaches in a studio with an assistant that plays chords and backing tracks as Robert demonstrates playing the stuff we're working on. This really helped save time and our workflow was quick and efficient in the lesson. About an hour after my lesson was over, he sent me the video of my entire lesson. This is invaluable! I, like most people, cannot remember everything that was said in a 2 hour lesson a week later. Now I have a great reference video to go back and watch Robert play and talk about what I'm working on. Robert has the online teaching game down! With great content, fast workflow, great knowledge and all the extras like the video file and handouts, this was one of the most professional online lessons I've ever taken.
I still find the Conti stuff an inspiration & it sends a ray of sunshine out into the world. You should all be very proud.
Thanks for the lesson Robert! It was certainly an eye, mind and ear opener. I too enjoyed the lesson. Warm regards.
Robert, I wanted to give you some honest feedback now that I’ve spent plenty of time with my guitar. Tone is fantastic through both solid state and tube amps. Hardware is holding up very well. Took me a few tries to get used to stringing with that style tailpiece. Grown to love it. Stays in tune very, very well. I was a little worried with the temp and humidity changes here. No type of wear or cracking to the wood after this amount of time. Very solid. I use an Oasis case humidifier. Fretboard is terrific, very smooth, no signs of wear. Very, very infrequent adjusting is necessary. Case is one of the nicest gig bags I’ve ever used or seen. Holding up well. I really like the shape of the neck. Fits well in my hand. Many thanks, and know it’s being played and properly loved. I’d buy another down the road.
I just purchased a Conti Entrada in mint condition from a musical store in Middletown Ohio. I love the guitar. More so after I put some flat wound strings on the beast. Love the action. Great job!
Hi, I've been toiling away with my improvisation over the last few months, I've been having fun with the ticket to improv stuff, sounding like a jazz guitarist even if it's only learning Robert's solos. I have been dipping in and out of The Jazz Lines course and understood the first few lessons so everything was going well. However imagine my surprise the other day when I finally get a bit of time to noodle over a ii-V-I C major backing track when all these lines that Robert has shown me start to come out. Now I have no idea why its working but I'm moving all over the neck with lines from The Jazz Lines and Ticket to Improv and I'm not hitting any rough notes. It blew my mind that I was moving across the fretboard, improvising without knowing what CAGED shape I was in or what scale or arpeggio etc I was playing but it was working. Now I know Robert said the lights would come on eventually but I never really thought it would for me. There is still a long way to go but it has given me a renewed sense of hope that one day I'll get there. So I just wanted to let Robert know that I'm very thankful for his courses so Thanks. Hope this email finds you all well.
Hi, I am a 75 yr old guy living near Sheffield, England, who, until 2 weeks ago, had never heard of Conti Guitars. I have played in bands, but Covid put a stop to that. I went to my local music store, who I've dealt with for years, and are very helpful, and very honest. They pointed me towards a Conti Equity guitar, (second - hand), which I loved the second I started playing it - so that's the one I'm going to learn Jazz on! I see you don't make them now, and your current range is absolutely wonderful, so when I've learnt a bit about Jazz I intend to save up for an Entrada or Heirloom. Having said that, I absolutely love my Equity - it looks great, the sound is clear and distinct, the playability is superb, and it really encourages me to keep practising! I just wanted to express my thanks for such a brilliant guitar, which already has brought me so much pleasure!!
I just wanted you all to know how thrilled I am with my new Entrada. Been somewhat preoccupied, but I've been able to spend enough time with the guitar to know what I have. It has more than lived up to my expectations - the workmanship and attention to detail are incredible AND this is the first guitar ever that has had the intonation and action dead on right out of the box-amazing! One of these days when things are a little calmer, I'll send a photo, but I wanted to touch base.
I gotta share this. I study with Robert Conti's courses. They are outstanding. He is one of the best teachers I have ever seen period. (and I have reviewed dozens and dozens of guitar instruction DVDs over the years.) If you want to start to play Jazz lines, there is no better place to start. And, for the beginner Jazz student, the Ticket to Improv series is exceptional (and incredibly affordable). And no, Bob's not paying me anything to plug his stuff. It really is just that good.
I have just been thinking I need to get back to my "Ticket to Improv" DVDs by the wonderful Mr. Robert Conti. I have to say, I love them to bits. I have to be more disciplined and make more time for them, because they are fantastic. And furthermore, when people ask who MY teacher is, I always tell them about you. On top of which, watching you teach and your whole philosophy of teaching REALLY pushes me to examine what I am doing as a teacher - what is useful and what is necessary. At the end of the day, 90% of our learning comes from learning, practicing and playing actual music. It's mainly a physical activity, so our focus has to be on physical mastery. You taught me that.
I’m loving everything about my new Entrada. This is the guitar I’ve been searching for! Guitar arrived in immaculate condition. Action, feel and finish and the weight are perfect. I can’t wait to play it through my Henriksen amp later tonight. The video was way cool. Thank you Mike, Bob, and the entire team. You folks are a class act.
Hands down, that was the best guitar lesson I have ever had. In 5 minutes he explained how chords connect with melody through a scale. I am blown away. Also a little nervous about learning to read the lead line, but I will trust the process. Amazing. I will be booking more lessons once I get the first three progressions down. I only wish I’d started with Robert two years ago instead of wading through all sorts of online videos and lessons that did not have a structure and did not make the connections Robert does. To use a sports analogy, if I were a quarterback, it’s as if Tom Brady were now my personal coach. I am grateful that the internet allows me to have access to Robert. Did I say wow? Please pass on my thanks to Robert.
This is the finest guitar I have ever owned or played. It was built in 2011 but it looks like it could have built yesterday. I have played this at home and publicly many times and it plays like butter. Thank you Robert Conti for the quality you keep maintaining.
I received my Entrada the other day and have to say this is one beautiful guitar, sounds great, looks great and plays like butter. Anyone looking for a great archtop at a fantastic price, look no further than a Conti Guitar. Great people to deal with, thank you.
I recently bought an absolutely stunning Conti Heirloom! I’ve been playing guitar for about 25 years. Like most guitarists, I’ve owned, sold and traded my share of guitars in an effort to find the most perfect fit. None have felt as smooth and easy to play as the Conti Heirloom. For me, the most important aspect of a guitar is the feel and intonation. The Heirloom action is surprisingly low, the neck shape is very comfortable (not too fat, not too narrow) and the intonation is stellar no matter where I am on the neck. I only wish I had discovered this guitar way back when. It would have saved years of trial and error trying to find the perfect fit.