Workshop Levels And Placement

How Do I Choose A Workshop/Level Appropriate To My Skills?

Please read our Skill Levels descriptions.

Consider these questions which are asked on the enrollment form

  • What are some examples of songs you play now?
  • For guitarists: How do you play them (fingerstyle, strumming, combo, flatpick)? Are you aware of, or do you utilize chord shapes or partial shapes other than in first position?
  • How would you describe your thumb independence (ie, reliable alternate bassline played against melody line?)
  • What are your areas of confidence and weakness?
  • From the instructor’s repertoire, what song, and what skill, would you love to learn?
  • What kinds of songs/music do you enjoy listening to, and would love to be able to play? (feel free to include any Jorma/Hot Tuna songs in that list! Please limit to no more than 4 titles)
  • Do you sing? Compose any originals, or would you like to explore this?

For further analysis of skills/placement, contact our Educational Consultant

Getting To Fur Peace Ranch

Can I Just Stop By For A Visit?

Please call the office to schedule a visit to The Ranch/Company Store/Psylodelic Gallery: 740-992-2575

Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 10am – 3pm

Please note: We are an alcohol and drug-free facility.

What Safety Protocols Does The Ranch Have In Place For Students?

Currently, the Ranch is requiring students to provide proof of full vaccination. Masks are optional.

If I Am Scheduled For A Class, When Should I Arrive At The Ranch? When Does The Workshop Weekend Begin And End?

You should plan to arrive at the Ranch Friday morning between 9 AM and noon. If this is your first trip to the Ranch, we recommend arriving by 11 AM, so you have time to take a tour of the Ranch and have some time to get settled in to your cabin and classroom. Coffee, tea, and snacks are available. This is also a great time for meeting new friends, or if you’re a repeat offender, catching up with old friends.

Orientation begins promptly at noon in the Concert Hall.

Departure is 11am Monday morning.

Should I Drive Or Should I Fly?

We are just under a 2 hour drive from the nearest airport. Estimate your travel time from home to airport, pre-flight wait, flight time (and possible delays), baggage claim, ground travel to Ranch from airport and compare to your estimated driving time. We have found that most students up to 500 miles away decide to drive. There is ample parking onsite for cars and an RV or two.

Distance From Fur Peace Ranch:

  • Charleston, WV: 75 Miles
  • Columbus, OH: 90 Miles
  • Cincinnati, OH: 161 Miles
  • Pittsburgh, PA: 200 Miles
  • Cleveland, OH: 215 Miles
  • Detroit, MI: 295 Miles
  • Baltimore, MD: 350 Miles
  • Washington, DC: 350 Miles
  • Raleigh/Durham, NC: 370 Miles
  • Nashville, TN: 400 Miles
  • Philadelphia, PA: 450 Miles
  • Chicago, Ill: 450 Miles
  • St Louis, MO: 500 Miles
  • New York City: 520 Miles
  • Memphis, TN: 615 Miles
  • Boston, MA: 740 Miles
  • Dallas, TX: 1070 Miles
  • Denver, CO: 1340 Miles
  • Los Angles, CA 2330 Miles
  • Seattle, WA: 2510 Miles
  • 2400 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA: 2537 Miles

What Is The Nearest Airport?

Students may fly into Port Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Columbus, Ohio. Columbus is just under 2 hours from the Ranch. Yeager Airport (CRW) in Charlestown, WV is another less used option. For the few of you who fly your own private aircraft, our nearest airport is Gordon K Bush Ohio University Airport, located in Albany, OH.

What Do I Do For Ground Transportation Once I’m At The Airport?

A car is not needed once you’re at the Ranch, but you’ll need a rental (or to share a rental) to get to the camp in Pomeroy. If you would like to carpool, make sure you check the carpool check-mark box on the application.

Go Bus

Full Service Coach with service to/from Athens to/from Columbus, Ohio (including Port Columbus Int’l Airport) and Cincinnati, Ohio. Tickets are under $15 each way ($10 + transaction fee and taxes). Please note, the Go Bus does not provide service to the Ranch you will need to take a taxi from Athens to Fur Peace, or contact us a few days before, and we may be able to arrange transportation for the final leg of your journey with another student.

Visit for more information and schedule.

Green Cab

(740) 594-7336

For service to/from airports, arrangements should be made at least 24 hours ahead of your pick-up time.


For service to/from airports, arrangements should be made at least 24 hours ahead of your pick-up time.

I’m Not Driving, How Can I Get My Instrument To The Ranch?

Onboard Aircraft

If you are flying with your instrument: You may be able to walk on board with your instrument. In most cases, guitars in regular cases will fit in the overhead compartments. On smaller aircraft, you will be asked to gatecheck and then retrieve upon landing. You may wish to invest in a decent travel case (Such as Calton) loosen the strings, dress yourself nicely, and march right on. You will not have to worry about gate-checking if your guitar is in a Calton or Pegasus style hard-shell case. And be careful not to keep wire cutters or other tools in the guitar case the TSA may confiscate.


Obtain a Guitar shipping box from a local vendor (Sam Ash, Guitar Center, etc). They have these and are usually generous about giving them away. Taylor boxes have the excellent slings inside. Pack your guitar in its case with plenty of padding and stuffing in any open area (eg, near a cutaway; under the head.) Loosen those strings, of course! Place the guitar in its case inside the cardboard shipping box with Styrofoam peanuts galore and newspaper stuffing. Allow for very little wiggle room in there! Tape closed securely at every crevice. Ship to the ranch from a UPS hub or Mailboxes type store. At a UPS hub, even insured, the cost is about $40-80. From a Mailboxes outlet, it will be a higher price. This is for Ground shipping.

UPS delivers to the ranch premises, and we will take good care of your instrument. For the return trip, you can provide a check and shipping label, and pack up your instrument when camp is over on Monday morning. We will ship from the premises.

May I Stay At The Ranch On Thursday Or Monday Night?

No. The Ranch is closed to overnight guests on Thursday and Monday. Lodging is only provided for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

I’m Lodging Offsite Over The Weekend, Is My Tuition Reduced?

For 2022, we are offering a $200 discount for those students staying offsite.

Where Can I Stay For Thursday Night Or For Offsite Lodging Over The Weekend?


Athens (17 miles)

* The Ohio University Inn (OU Inn) offers a special rate for FPR students and guests. Request the FPR Individual Rate when making your reservation. Please note that there are some black-out dates due to Ohio University events.

Gallipolis (25 miles)


Some are “in town,” others are “off the beaten path.”


What Are Some Places You Would Recommend For Dining On Thursday Night And Friday Morning?



What Should I Bring?

What Kind Of Equipment Should I Bring?

Bear in mind that cabin space is limited! Bringing a fleet of instruments may not be practical or necessary. If you play guitar, bring one that is well set up and easy to play (your fingers will thank you!); a second one for fun and jams. Additional instruments such as mandolins, harmonicas, accordions and basses are often seen at the Ranch. Naturally if you are a mandolinist, banjo player, bass player . . . adjust this advice for your instrument! And of course you will want to bring your accessories too . . . capo, tuner, extra strings, pics, music stand, guitar stand . . . . songbooks for jams and campfires; a recording device.

I’m Signed Up For A Workshop, Do I Need To Purchase A Ticket For The Saturday Night Performance?

No, a ticket for the Saturday night performance is included with your enrollment.

I’m Signed Up For A Workshop, Are There Any Preparation Materials For My Workshop?

Practice and playing of any sort will be good preparation. Make sure your fingertips are in good shape to handle playing for multiple hours a day. The skills/goals answers you submitted during the application process are forwarded along to the instructors a few weeks before your workshop. A few instructors (but not all) do send out some pre-work – often times it will be along the lines of familiarizing yourself to some of the songs they plan to use as teaching vehicles.

Do I Need To Bring An Amplifier?

Unless you are taking an electric class or a bass class, no. If you wish to bring an electric guitar for jamming, yes you will need to bring a small amp.

Electric Guitar Workshops – If you are taking an electric guitar workshop, yes you will need to bring a small practice amp for the workshop. Marshall stacks are not needed!

Bass Guitar Workshops – We provide amps for all bass workshops (of course you are always welcome to bring your own). However, bass amps are to stay in the classroom. Your classroom may only be available during class time, in which case you may want to bring your own amp for practice and jamming – a small box amp/practice amp will be sufficient.

Please email us to inquire about your particular class and availability of amps during non-class time.

What Sundries Should I Bring?

Bring whatever toiletries you need, prescription medicines, etc. The Company Store has a variety of sundries and personal and musical supplies, and there are pharmacies and a WalMart within reasonable proximity.

Fur Peace Ranch is doing their part to stem the tide of the plastic bottle epidemic. Therefore, plastic disposable water bottles will no longer be for sale at the Station Cafe.

Facilities At The Ranch

The Fur Peace Ranch is now a NON-SMOKING CAMPUS. This decision has been made for the safety and health of all students, staff and guests. If you would like to smoke you must go to your car.

Tell Me About The Cabins: Size, Electricity, Heat?

Cozy, comfortable, warmly painted and appointed with shelves and area rugs, with two good twin beds. They are well insulated with baseboard heat, air conditioning and ceiling fans. There is an overhead light and reading lights. The Cabins are (8′ x 12′). They are cozy quarters, and there is room for belongings and a guitar stashed under the beds. The workshop areas are also secure for additional equipment.

What Are The Washrooms Like?

There are commodious men’s and women’s washrooms, each with two sinks, counters, bathroom stalls and 3 excellent showers. There is full electricity, outlets and heat.

How Far Are The Cabins From The Washrooms?

It varies with cabin location but the average distance is about 50′ – 200′.

What Kind Of Clothing/Attire Is Suitable?

Gentlemen: Slacks, dress shirt, and tie.
Women: Skirts or dresses of at least ankle length and a modest top.

Just kidding! Casual, and comfortable is our style . . . dress for the weather and your ease in playing for hours, indoor or out (layers are good!). We are in a temperate climate zone with a wide temperature range. In early spring and late fall you can expect overnight temperatures to drop near or below freezing, with daytime highs just a few degrees warmer up to as high as 60-70F – if we’re lucky. During the summer months of June, July and August overnight lows can range anywhere from 50 to perhaps as high as the low-80s. Daytime highs during the summer can reach as high as 100, but is usually around 80-90 degrees. Our region also experiences high levels of humidity during the summer months contributing to the heat index.

Is There Merchandise Available At The Ranch?

Yes! For an overview of clothing, CDs, souvenirs and musical accoutrements check out the Fur Peace Company Store.

Is There High Speed Internet Access Near The Ranch?

The Ranch does have a WIFI access point in the main campground area. However, being in a rural area we do not receive what most know as “highspeed internet” or “broadband”. The access point in camp only receives 1MB down (whereas “high speed” or “broadband” is classified 25 MB of down speed.) So it is useful for a few people to check email and simple light browsing.

If you need more bandwidth to upload large files or video chat there are several free access points in Athens. There is free wireless at the Casa Nueva, Donkey Coffee & Espresso and the Public Library. In Pomeroy the Public Library offers free high speed wireless internet access.

Some people choose to enjoy the lack of connectivity and tell everyone they’ll be out of range for a few days.

Camp Schedule


9:00AM – 12 Check In
12:00 – 1:00pm Orientation
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
3:00 – 5:30pm Workshop (Instructor will schedule breaks)
5:45 – 7:00pm Dinner
7:30 – 8:30pm Workshop


8:00 – 10:00am Breakfast
10:30 – 12:30pm Workshop (Instructor will schedule breaks)
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
3:30 – 4:30pm Workshop (Instructor will schedule breaks)
5:45 – 6:45pm Dinner
7:00pm Doors open for Performance
8:00 – 11:00pm Concert Performance


8:30 – 10:00am Breakfast
10:30 – 12:30pm Workshop (Instructor will schedule breaks)
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch
3:00 – 5: 00pm Student Performance
5:45 – 7:00pm Dinner
8:30 – 12:00 Midnight Student Jam/Campfire


8:00 – 10:00am Breakfast
11:00am Departure