Learn the Lap Steel Guitar of Darick Campbell

Darick Campbell

Sacred Steel

70 minute video, With Chuck Campbell, pedal steel and Phil Campbell, guitar
  • Code:DLCAMSS22
  • Skill Level:Near-Beginner (2)

The sound of sacred steel guitar has been bringing House of God congregations to depths of emotion and heights of joyous exhilaration since it was first introduced to worship in the 1930s. The Campbell Brothers band, with the late Darick Campbell's riveting 8-string lap steel playing, took the power and brilliance of this African American gospel music to secular audiences worldwide.

This video gives you a close-up look at Darick's lap steel technique and teaches you to play in his unique style. He discusses essentials such as tuning, string blocking, bar technique, hammer-ons, vibrato and octave licks. You'll see how he uses volume and tone controls, wah-wah pedal and other devices to give his playing its singing, "vocal" quality. Combining bass, chord and melody, he plays and breaks down three gospel standards: Amazing Grace, I'll Fly Away and Walk with Me, Lord.

Play-along sections, with backup by the Campbell Brothers, will help you develop your own skills on the instrument and give you the opportunity to practice the songs and ideas you have learned.

Sadly, Darick Campbell passed away on May 11, 2020 at the young age of 53.


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