Music Sidelines

Harpist

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Rod plays at weddings and at Christmas events.

Cello, guitar, mandolin

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Rod Phillips Christmas album:  "A Whistle, Harp, and Bow Xmas: French and English Carols on 12 instruments.  It's a family tradition to put this on for music while we decorate the tree for Christmas!

Cowboy Christmas 2012

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2012 Tour with Michael Martin Murphey's Cowboy Christmas (here at the Kwahadi Indian Museum in Amarillo, TX.)  Keys, harmonica, mandolin, and Indian flute.  This was a nostalgia tour; Rod toured with MMM from 1978 to 1981.

15 instruments/Two at once...

Rod- 15 instruments

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{Above:  Rod with 15 Instruments:} 

  • 1- PIANO, (Kurzweil)
  • 2- Acoustic GUITARS (Kingslight, Dillon - luthiers)
  • 3- Bass (1973 Rickenbacker)
  • 4- Banjo (1972 Fender, 3 other vintage banjos/ clawhammer
  • 5- Mandolin (Eastman 1650)
  • 6- Harps (Roger Muma, luthier, cross-strung chromatic; Raphael Weisman, therapy harp, celtic harp
  • 7- Hammer dulcimer (Masterworks Ebony 14/15)
  • 8- Cello (Stringworks Concert)
  • 9- Alto sax ((Stephanhouser)
  • 10-a Flute (concert, ancient)
  • 10b- Indian flutes (eleven High Spirits/Odell Borg/Ojibwa)
  • 10c- Whistles
  • 12- Accordion (Wurlitzer concert)
  • 13- Melodica (Hohner)
  • 14- Blues harmonicas
  • 15- Chromatic harmonica (Hohners)

Bass guitar and piano at the same time!!

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"Whenever it's possible to bring a small amplifier, my Kurzweil electric piano, and vintage Rickenbacker bass guitar, I play them both for my concerts.  The sound is made by pressing or "thumping" the string behind the fret with the 3rd and 4th fingers together.  I have played many thousands of hours this way."

Casa Cordova, 1981

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Arroyo Seco, New Mexico... playing bass and piano together in the old days!