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Mike Salow

Guitarist / Lessons / Sessions

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About Mike

Mike Salow is an American guitarist, songwriter, and music educator from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated with honors from McNally Smith College of Music, where he received a B.M. in guitar performance, along with a music business minor. After graduating, Mike was invited back to McNally Smith to join the guitar & ensemble departments as a teacher. He taught there from 2013 until McNally Smith's sudden closure in December of 2017.

Mike is currently a teacher in the instrumental jazz program at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, an arts focused high school in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota; he is the founder of Ideal Music Lessons, an in-home and online music lessons service based in Minneapolis/St. Paul; and you can find Mike sharing guitar lessons, tips, and tricks all over the internet via social media; most notably on Instagram where he’s amassed near 100,000 followers. Mike also works closely with, an online guitar program designed by Joe Elliott, former guitar department head & VP of education at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California.

Outside of teaching, Mike gigs regularly with various groups throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Most notably, as lead guitarist & backing vocalist for the band, Chester Bay. After joining the band in 2009, Chester Bay toured throughout the Midwest, they were featured in Rolling Stone magazine, and they've shared the stage with acts such as Fitz and the Tantrums, Eric Church, Great White, Los Lobos, Candlebox, and The Avett Brothers. Aside from his regular gigs, Mike also co-founded the progressive metal band, Ideology, along with drummer, Charlie Engen, of Five Finger Death Punch & Scale the Summit. Ideology released their debut self-titled album in 2016 and are currently working on their sophomore release. In 2021 Mike released his debut solo album entitled, The Hunt, which can be streamed on any platform.


You can also hear Mike chatting with professional musicians from around the world on his podcast, Creating a Life in Music.

So It Begins - New single

Racer x cover with Charlie engen and Mike Green

9 cool chords for drop tunings



Mike Salow

Minneapolis, MN, USA

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