pedal steel


Definition of pedal steel

: a box-shaped musical instrument with legs that has usually 10 strings which can be altered in pitch by the use of pedals and which are plucked while being pressed with a movable steel bar

called also pedal steel guitar

Examples of pedal steel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other musicians include Phish drummer Jon Fishman, cellist Zoe Keating and pedal steel guitarist Brett Lanier. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, "Minnesota guitar great Leo Kottke to release a new album with Phish's Mike Gordon," 18 Aug. 2020 Along the way, he and longtime friend, broadcast journalist Bud Veazey collaborated to design and build a lap version of the pedal steel. Mark Woolsey, ajc, "Wade Medlock, a drive-time Atlanta radio reporter, dies at 73," 3 Mar. 2020 Levine was a founding member, and so was his sibling, Nick Levine, whose pedal steel echoes the sorrowful sound of Hall’s voice. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, "Pinegrove Stages a Complicated Comeback," 13 Jan. 2020 But Richard Bennett played pedal steel for the song's early stage, then grabbed a six-string of his own to lock into the guitar line with Knopfler and the saxophone did the crying. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Mark Knopfler stops time in Sugar Land," 7 Sep. 2019 There's some lovely pedal steel guitar on there, and, well, perfect use of a musical triangle. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Khruangbin, Leon Bridges collaborate on EP," 3 Dec. 2019 Typically the pedal steel guitar becomes the crying counterpart to the coda. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Mark Knopfler stops time in Sugar Land," 7 Sep. 2019 Any rock band doing business in Muscle Shoals needs to seriously consider a three-guitar frontline, and this take highlights the interplay between Zack Feinberg and frontman David Shaw’s six-strings and Ed Williams’ pedal steel. al, "New Orleans’ Revivalists hit Alabama’s FAME studio," 29 July 2019 The sounds of pedal steel guitar and fiddle weren’t always such sought-after sonic commodities. John Adamian,, "Asleep at the Wheel, sophisticated cowboy-hat music, at the Kate," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of pedal steel

1965, in the meaning defined above

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28 Aug 2020

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“Pedal steel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pedal steel

: a musical instrument that has strings which are plucked while being pressed with a movable steel bar and a pedal that can change the pitch of the strings

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