I posted that, and one of the main reasons was because I laughed for an hour after I heard that come out of his mouth. Everyone wants everything now but can't find middle C on a kazoo. Of course if I say it I'm some old man ranting (what the f--k does he know?) but if someone hears it from Jimmy, of course its right. Which it was when I said it, or any decent player says it. You just need that credibility to get the point across to young, hard-headed kids who think they know everything.
Originally Posted by markerhodes
Which is one of the reasons I feel Bob is a good teacher; you get some of that instant gratification but you're still learning about the instrument and some core concepts. I'm about to watch the Autumn Leaves video; in another one I watched he talks about the fact that "no one is going to listen if you get on stage and talk about chords and scales" or something along those lines. Certainly true. I'm a fan of CST for certain things but I rarely think about it when improvising.
Robert Conti is a great player who is also a great businessman. He realizes that when people see him play like the axe is on fire they're going to be impressed, and then he offers a manageable system that allows you to get some jazz under your fingers. I can't find it on his website now, but I recall at one point that he had a DVD about music as a business and his approach to that. I thought to myself "what an outstanding idea". He left music for a while and worked in securities, made money, then came back to music. He realizes that it's a business. Not that it can't be art, but it's a business.
He's also an autodidact, which would explain an unorthodox teaching approach, though I don't feel it's all that unorthodox.
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