REQ: Truefire Robert Conti's Jazz Master (2004)
Robert Conti's Jazz Master
Mix the enthusiasm of a city kid with equal parts of Wes Montgomery, Johnny Smith and Howard Roberts, season heavily with equal parts of Oscar Peterson and Charlie Parker. Stir vigorously for twenty years and you'll cook up jazz guitar master Robert Conti!" so says jazz label PRD, Otto Altobelli and we couldn't agree more.
Robert Conti is indeed one of the few bonafide jazz guitar masters walking the planet today and we're proud as we can be to bring you TrueFire's version of Conti's extraordinary Jazz Master course.
Fortunately for we mere mortal students of jazz guitar, Conti has an innovative approach for breaking down and presenting jazz instruction.
He gets you up and running quickly — no tedious theory, exercises or methodology to master before getting some solid lines and chord melodies under your belt.
This volume, and the next two, focus on improvisational soloing - this first one features a beautifully executed solo over a bossanova jazz feel. Conti breaks it all down note-for-note and provides critical guidance along the way following his proven teaching system.
Conti's reputation for blazing speed and sophisticated lines is well substantiated in all of the course's solos but fear not, all of the material is demonstrated at slow tempos and the interactive tab player lets you slow the lines down without changing pitch.
This volume takes you back to the day with a smoking bebop solo and no one better to guide you there than Conti. The cross-platform (Windows and Mac) interactive lesson player also includes jam tracks so you can work your lines and have a little fun in the process.
This volume has a classic bebop jazz feel. Conti is adamant that students need to first develop a vocabulary of versatile jazz lines and understand how to twist, turn and connect them to one another over chord changes.
Conti performs a jazz blues solo and then patiently breaks it down note-for-note to help build your vocabulary and understanding of jazz blues lines and improvisation.
This last volume is focused on chord melody playing. Conti has arranged a set of five solo guitar arrangements loosely based on popular classic jazz standards.
But this volume is NOT about learning standards or building your repertoire — it's about exploring the jazz chord melody vocabulary and learning how to craft your own arrangements of any tune. Conti's chord-grid lead sheet system makes this process ridiculously easy.