Mike Salow

Mike S.

South Saint Paul, MN

Lesson Details



Mike delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2008

Mike Salow is a multifaceted guitarist with close to 20 years of playing experience. He graduated with honors from McNally Smith College of Music receiving a B.M. in guitar performance with a music business minor. One year after graduating, Mike was asked back to McNally Smith to join the guitar department as a teacher where he currently works. Outside of teaching Mike has done a lot of work with various fusion, funk, jazz, hip-hop, blues, metal, pop, country, and rock bands.

Currently Mike is lead guitarist & backing vocalist for Minneapolis based rock band, Chester Bay. After joining the band in September of 2009, Chester Bay toured throughout the upper Midwest, was featured in Rolling Stone magazine, and also opened for national acts such as Candlebox, Los Lobos, Fitz and the Tantrums, and The Avett Brothers. Aside from Chester Bay, Mike also plays with Twin Cities Progressive Metal band, Ideology. The band will be releasing their much anticipated debut album in Spring of 2016.

Besides teaching at McNally Smith College of Music he also teaches freelance guitar, bass, and piano lessons as well as teaching at several schools around the Twin Cities which have included School of Rock, Cyprus School of Music, Virtuosos Music Academy, and Pathway Music Institute. You can also find Mike teaching online for InfiniteGuitar.com where his main lesson focus is on advanced jazz/fusion playing.

Mike is endorsed my Mayones Guitars & Basses and Arobas Music (makers of Guitar Pro). He has been featured on TruthInShredding.com, received an Outstanding Solo award at the Elmhurst Jazz festival, in Chicago, with the Kirkwood Community College Jazz Big Band, and has also had success in select international guitar competitions via YouTube, placing 1st in one, and also being a top 5 finalist and top 12 finalist in two others. Most recently Mike won 1st place in the #solocontest2016, which was put on by Mayones Guitars & Basses, Mesa Boogie, Gruvgear, Toontrack, Line 6, and John Browne of the band Monuments.

*** Lesson Details ***
I accept students of all ages and skill levels!

Every student is different! Each lesson plan is designed to meet the individual students needs.

Beginners - Learn the basics in a fun applicable way! By learning tunes and exercises that feel like songs.

Intermediate - Take your basic knowledge to the next level! Soloing techniques and more complex rhythmic ideas will be introduced, along with a introduction to new artists, giving the student a new variety of potential songs to learn!

Advanced - There's nothing better than seeing a student exceed to their full potential! I can help the advanced student reach the next level in whatever genre that may be! Jazz, shred, country, whatever he or she would like to pursue.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson Materials (books, diagrams, etc)
White Board
Music Stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own guitar and amp, along with a backpack of books, materials, and a laptop.
Student should have their own guitar, cable, and amp. I can bring another amp if needed.

*** Specialties ***
All ages, Beg - Adv. Specialize in rock, fusion, jazz, funk, country, metal, reggae, hip-hop, and pop genres. Also, advanced guitar techniques and soloing concepts including improvisation. I can take any advanced student to the next level!

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Guitar Department Faculty
Sep 2013 - Present
McNally Smith College of Music

Guitar Instructor
Oct 2012 - Present
Virtuosos Music Academy

Guitar and Bass Instructor
Nov 2011 - Present
School of Rock

Music Department Faculty
Jun 2011 - Present
Cyprus School of Music

Guitar Instructor
Oct 2007 - Jul 2009
Music Loft


Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance
Sep 2009 - Aug 2012
McNally Smith College of Music
A.A. in Music
Sep 2007 - Apr 2009
Kirkwood Community College


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

My entry for the Ibanez Guitar Solo Competition.
Chester Bay live in Rochester, MN.
A country/blues rock style improv.
A solo taken from my metal solo project.
Photo by Mike S.

Photo by Mike S.

Photo by Mike S.

Photo by Mike S.

Photo by Mike S.
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