Moods & Modes with Alex Skolnick

Guitar legend Alex Skolnick explores the work of renowned musicians through commentary, conversation, and live performance.

Traveling from vintage guitar shops in Brooklyn to iconic recording studios and legendary music venues around the world, guitar legend Alex Skolnick explores the work of renowned musicians through commentary, conversation, and live performance.

Moods & Modes with Alex Skolnick Episodes

Alex looks back on 2020, from the great artists who were lost, to the trajectory of the pandemic and some…

In this episode, Alex travels to Sweetwater Music, the musician-led retailer in Fort Wayne, IN. to give a master class…

In part two of this tribute to Eddie Van Halen, Alex welcomes Brad Tolinksi (author of “Play it Loud” and former editor-in-chief of Guitar World) and Matt Blackett (Formerly associate editor for Guitar Player)…

The loss of Eddie Van Halen has caused shockwaves that feel unprecedented, even for these times. Here, we explore how EVH forever altered the landscape of guitar and music through personal reflections by Alex, a conversation with Vernon Reid (Living Colour) & others…

A visit to Retrofret, billed as “The world’s greatest vintage instrument store run by the world’s friendliest staff” (it’s hard to argue with either). An oasis of guitars in a discreet section of Brooklyn, Retrofret reopens in the days following the 2020 shutdown, allowing Alex to bring home an item he’d put a deposit on […]

An extensive jam session and conversation with Brooklyn based guitarist Nir Felder, whose resume includes jazz luminaries (Brad Mehldau, Jack…

At the tail end of the 60s, an unlikely meeting took place in Chicago between some prominent traditional blues artists…

A deep dive into the life and music of Peter Allen Greenbaum, better known as Peter Green, who passed away on July 25, 2020. Although best known for co-founding the first version of Fleetwood Mac, there is so much more. Featuring a virtual roundtable of experts on the gentle genius of guitar known as “Greenie,” […]

Prasanna is a pioneer of performing Carnatic music on the guitar. He is also thoroughly knowledgable in rock, jazz, blues…

Debut episode: A visit with Matt Uminov, guitar dealer and repairman who’s been a fixture of New York’s Greenwich Village…