Oliver Horton

Oliver H.

Chicago, IL
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I specialize in upright bass, jazz bass, funk bass, bass technique, and rhythm. I will inspire a positive attitude and good practice habits that will help any student succeed. I’ve extensively studied jazz, latin jazz, funk, rock music, hip hop, bluegrass, folk, and composition.

I can also teach guitar, piano, drums, and voice. As a mulit-instrumentalist, jamming with my students is a priority. Being able to play with other musicians is one of the best feelings you’ll ever experience. I’m happy to take you there!

Recently, I helped one of my bass players get a scholarship to go to Berklee Summer Camp to study music.

I am very excited to continue my teaching on TakeLessons. I look forward to helping new students to become the musician of their dreams.

I've been playing professionally in Chicago for five years where I play upright for a classical chamber pop group called the Nine Worlds Ensemble and for a jazz group with Frank Catalano, a popular Chicago sax-man. I co-managed, played upright bass, and sang for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based in Chicago. I've played upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin (drummer for Smashing Pumpkins) super group and Bowmanville.

I am currently dreaming up my own jazz-inspired project called the ohm trio. Working on my debut record under my solo name ohm. Be on the look out!

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  • Background Checked
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Reviews (16)

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Parke Jan 28, 2019
Bass Guitar · In studio

Going to be fun

Megan Oct 24, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Oliver is a wonderful teacher. This is my daughter's second guitar teacher and what a difference from the first. He is enthusiastic, talented, patient and a lovely person. All qualities that truly make him the best instructor. She is learning quickly and really looks forward to her guitar lessons each week. So happy that we found him!

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YC W. Oct 8, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Would recommend! Oliver tailors classes to your level and goals. He is patient and gets excited about songs that you want to play.

Jackie L. Aug 9, 2018
Guitar · In home

Oliver is very patient with my teenage son. He had a very basic understanding of music when he started with taking lessons with Oliver, and I've seen the upward transition in both passion and skills in a matter of few months.

Rick C. Jul 14, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Enjoyed my first lesson. Onward...

Austin Apr 28, 2018
Upright Bass · Online

My son Austin loved his first lesson with Oliver. In fact, he had been considering qutting the upright bass, but after his first lesson, he had renewed enthusiasm and wants to continue to learn. That makes mom happy since I just recently bought him a bass!

Sonny G. Feb 24, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Oliver has been perfect for both me and my tween daughter. He is a fantastic musician and can break it down and dumb it down as need be for each of us. My daughter’s review is “he’s amazing”.

Erica F. Dec 27, 2017
Upright Bass · Online

Oliver was patient with my slow internet connection and willing to try different things to make it work. He gave me great tips to help me develop better technique, and was very encouraging. I really appreciated his perspective and skill and am so excited to be progressing with my playing!

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Lindsey Jul 19, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I worked with Oliver for over a year and saw his students blossom with both skill and confidence after just a few lessons. Oliver has a naturally calming presence and kids absolutely adore him. I could not recommend him enough. His multi instrumental talent and sweet personality make him a one of a kind, wonderful teacher.

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Karla Jul 19, 2017

Oliver Horton os a naturally gifted teacher, passionate about sharing his love of music. Lovely person, talented musician, gracious and good humored teacher.

Lucy Jun 28, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Oliver is a fantastic teacher! My daughter has been taking lessons with him for a few years now and loves it - she plays both the Electric and Upright Bass and Oliver teaches her both.
She loves his teaching style - he is very encouraging, and positive.
Can't recommend highly enough.

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Michael Jun 26, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Oliver is a calm and patient teacher who offers endless amounts of encouragement to help you along your way to achieving your goals. He helped me with some guitar but also songwriting and other mechanics like voicing and melody. Oliver is a wonderful teacher to learn with at any level and I would recommend his services to others students looking for a personal tutor

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Emma Estoque May 25, 2017
Bass Guitar ·

Within just 3 lessons, Oliver has help correct many bad habits and he's helped to form best practices.

Judson Baskfield Feb 9, 2017
Acoustic Guitar ·

Oliver is the best. I first met Oliver when my 8-year-old daughter took lessons from him. Because of his high energy, upbeat and patient approach, my daughter loved her lessons and made big progress as a beginner guitarist. Given her praise of him, I thought I would try lessons myself as an intermediate and its been great. In a few weeks, I've learned techniques, licks and music theory which has quickly taken my playing to another level. Out time together has also enhanced my interest in music in general. I highly recommend Oliver to anyone who wants to learn guitar or music theory.

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Ed Sommer Jan 31, 2017
Acoustic Guitar ·

I've taken lessons with Oliver for a couple of years, and it's been great! He takes a practical approach to the lessons, not getting bogged down with a lot of music theory that, while really interesting, doesn't advance my skills on the guitar. Oliver is very enthusiastic and patient (which is important, as I'm a 60-year old trying to master something which doesn't come naturally to me - at all!). I highly recommend Oliver as a guitar instructor.

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Jack Brereton Dec 28, 2016
Bass Guitar ·

Oliver will take your bass playing to new worlds. He can teach you anything and everything you need to know about the instrument and beyond that. From fundamentals to showing you how to practice to music theory, he has it all covered. Ive been taking lessons with him since I was 12 and he has shaped my playing into something I never would have dreamed of.

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Lesson Details

Upright Bass

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

My students can expect a loving, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere to learn a difficult instrument. We will go through the basics of hand shapes, learn how to navigate the neck with scales, and tunes that make the upright bass approachable.



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