Ricky Mier

Ricky M.

Cambridge, MA

Lesson Details

Acoustic Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn strong practicing principles, how to pick melodies, back up others, back up yourself sing!
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Ricky teaches



Ricky delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
July 2008

Ricky Mier is an award winning banjo player, composer, band leader, and Alumnus of Berklee College of Music. Founder of Rick Fire And The Ricktones, co-founder of Twisted Pine, Cat And The Moon and member of Hot Day At The Zoo. He has performed with Bela Fleck and Victor Wooten and has shared the stage with acoustic heavy weights such as The Punch Brothers, Peter Rowan, Alison Brown, Hot Rize, The Gibson Brothers, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Yonder Mountain Stringband, The Sam Bush Band, Del McCourey Band, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, and more.

Ricky has performed on the main stages of major festivals such as Grey Fox, Celtic Connections (Scotland), Freshgrass, The Green River Festival, Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Special, Joe Val and many others.

In 2014 he won the gold medal at the Freshgrass banjo contest and the same year his band Twisted Pine won both the Freshgrass and Thomas Point Beach band contests. In 2015 Twisted Pine tied for First Place at the Rocky Grass Band Contest and they were nominated for IBMA's band momentum award.

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Aug 2016 - Present
Rick Fire And The Ricktones

My latest creative project. I'm taking operatic voice lessons and writing new songs and am planning to take this band on the road next summer.

Professional Musician
Jun 2013 - Dec 2016
Twisted Pine

Twisted Pine is a bluegrass band I founded and played the New England Festival Circuit for three years. What a blast!

Touring Musician
Jan 2013 - Jan 2015
Hot Day At The Zoo

For two years I got to play in a touring act that had a big following in the Jam Band scene. These guys really showed me how to be in a touring act.


Sep 2012 - Sep 2014
Berklee College of Music
Sep 2009 - Jan 2012
College of Marin


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Berklee Alumni
Mar 2014
Berklee College of Music


Banjo - Gold Medalist
Sep 2014
FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival
Band - Gold Medalist
Sep 2014
Freshgrass Bluegrass Festival
Band - Gold Medalist
Aug 2014
Thomas Point Bluegrass Festival

Photos & Videos

Photo by Ricky M.

Here is one of the songs I played at the Freshgrass band competition.
This is an original tune of mine with one of my current bands Cat and The Moon. www.CatandTheMoon.com
Cover of a Jens Kruger tune.
Photo by Ricky M.

Photo by Ricky M.
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8 Reviews

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Alison B. Mar 7, 2018
Banjo · In studio

Ricky Mier is one of the most exciting young banjo players I’ve heard. With a fertile imagination and the technique to support it, Ricky is on the cutting edge of the latest crop of banjo adventurers. I look forward to seeing where he takes the banjo next.

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Seth Mar 7, 2018
Banjo · In studio

Ricky is a breath of fresh air, a young professional musician grounded in roots of Celtic and bluegrass, but drawing on the wide spectrum that music has to offer - be it a bit of funk, or influences from around the world. His exceptional musicianship shines through and his teaching style is equally appropriate for concert preparation, fundamentals, or fun - he's energetic, dynamic, fun, and incorporates much seemingly effortless but very tight improvisation. Give him a try - you will not be disappointed.

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Steve M. Mar 7, 2018
Banjo · In studio

I’m not your average banjo student. I’d been self taught since high school and when I retired I decided I wanted to learn to play properly so I looked for a teacher. I found Ricky Mier online and with some trepidation I started my lessons. My trepidation stemmed from the fact that I was a hacker and Ricky is an experienced professional and an exceptional player. I thought I wasn’t the kind of student he was looking for. My anxiety was groundless because Ricky is much more than a great player, he is a committed holistic teacher. Our sessions are fun, challenging, and are focused on not only musical exercises but also tendon training, relaxation, and learning to listen. I’ve been with him weekly for almost 9 months now and while no one will mistake me for Bela, my playing has greatly improved. Whether your interest is Bluegrass, Celtic, or Melodic, Ricky can guide you on your journey in a fun, effective way. I really like our sessions. You will too.

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Lia S. Jan 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I had a great first lesson with Ricky, he is very talented, easy going and a fun person to work with. I'm looking forward to the next lesson. In the meantime, I've got plenty of practice work on my hand that I am looking forward to digging into. Ricky has exceeded my expectations for a first lesson!

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Chriss S. Oct 19, 2015
Banjo · In home

Really chill guy. He accommodated to my abilities and made the lessons fun. He also pushed me to practice a lot, which wasn't hard to do because it's fun! We ended up starting almost every lesson with talking about a new passion like a certain kind of musical sound we don't hear every day or a fun motivational speaker or a new band, etc. Be prepared to be called "dude" and "man," along with a general relaxed and fun hour.

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Ric H. Sep 17, 2015
Banjo · In studio

Ricky has been a wonderful teacher! I learned so much from him in our time together but I had to move so I was not able to continue. Ricky is such a patient and creative teacher which really helps with each lesson. If I could sneak in a 6th star on this review I would! Thank you so much Ricky!

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Ric H. Apr 16, 2015
Banjo · In studio

A really good lesson, got me excited to learn more and to practice. Anxious to take the next lesson!

Don C. Nov 22, 2014
Banjo · In studio

First off let me start by saying when I first spoke with Rick I explained that I had recently been diagnosed with a medical condition and requested he be patient with me through the learning process. He has been more than accommodating and he has made each lesson a fun learning experience . I told Rick that my goal was to be able to go to Jam sessions and fit in and be able to play along ,since i started he has been preparing me with a solid repertoire and skill set to be able to accomplish this task. I have been to a few teachers over the years and Rick is the first one that truly gets “it” . I would give Rick a solid “A” if I were to give him a grade if anybody is looking for a great Banjo teacher .

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