Tools Of The Trade 6 – Ravi Iyer

We caught up with Mumbai-based fusion guitarist, composer and teacher Ravi Iyer at Antisocial in Mumbai for the sixth episode of Tools Of The Trade. Ravi was playing a gig with his quintet to play songs from his solo albums, ‘Raga Punch’ and ‘Bends’.

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Wall Of Noise End Of The Year List – Best Of Indian Music in 2017 – Part 2

2017 is about to close, and it has been an interesting year for bands and musicians in India. A number of new acts put out their debut albums and EPs, many festivals were organized across the country, and we even had a few notable international acts play here.

We asked some music writers and promoters to contribute to our very first End Of The Year list. The idea was for each person to pick an album or EP put out by an Indian musician in 2017, and write a bit about why that artist stood out for them.

Here is the second part of the list with picks from collectives and promoters:

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Wall Of Noise End Of The Year List – Best Of Indian Music in 2017 – Part 1

2017 is about to close, and it has been an interesting year for bands and musicians in India. A number of new acts put out their debut albums and EPs, many festivals were organized across the country, and we even had a few notable international acts play here.

We asked some music writers and promoters to contribute to our very first End Of The Year list. The idea was for each person to pick an album or EP put out by an Indian musician in 2017, and write a bit about why that artist stood out for them.

Here is the first part of the list with picks from music writers:

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Guide to Small-sized Guitar Amplifiers – Part 3

I like small-sized guitar amplifiers. These amplifiers are affordable and also easy to use – just plug-in and start playing. Most small-sized amp heads and combos are low power, 100% valve driven units. But there are also some micro amps out there that are transistor based and just incredibly small in size. A non-musician could easily mistake them for toys and not real musical instruments. Modern manufacturing technology has made it possible to have such amazing gear available to us.

In the final part of this list, I have listed a few exceptions that were worth mentioning, as they provide usability for a variety of needs. The list includes the model of the amp and its specs and also the pros and cons of each amp, so you can get a complete perspective on what the amp is all about.

Here’s the list (in alphabetical order) :

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Guide to Small-sized Guitar Amplifiers – Part 2

I like small-sized guitar amplifiers. These amplifiers are affordable and also easy to use – just plug-in and start playing. Most small-sized amp heads and combos are low power, 100% valve driven units. But there are also some micro amps out there that are transistor based and just incredibly small in size. A non-musician could easily mistake them for toys and not real musical instruments. Modern manufacturing technology has made it possible to have such amazing gear available to us.

In this second post of this list, I have presented a list of the most prominent small amp heads available today. It is is no way an exhaustive list, but I did my best to find amps of all kinds from all over the world. I have included amps that are fully tube driven or hybrid units of 1 or 5 watts RMS. The list includes the model of the amp and its specs and also the pros and cons of each amp, so you can get a complete perspective on what the amp is all about.

Here’s the list (in alphabetical order) :

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