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 Johnson’s version begins similarly to Nelson’s original, just an acoustic guitar and pedal steel to accompany Nelson’s wryly funny lyrics about writing a heartbroken song that no one will get to hear. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2021 Also elevating Smith's voice is the sweet sound of pedal steel in the hands of Gary Carter, who's recorded or toured with Randy Travis, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney and Alan Jackson, among many others. Nancy Kruh,, 20 Aug. 2021 Charles was announced as a member of the class of 2021, which also features longtime session drummer Eddie Bayers, pedal steel guitarist Pete Drake, and the Judds. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 17 Aug. 2021 This was one of the songs that McCombs recorded with Black, and McCombs, who came up with the music, has filled it out with bass, guitar, drums, and pedal steel that give it a swing and a drive worthy of the lyrics. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 The Floyd used pedal steel on Dark Side [of the Moon]. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2021 At once keening and lyrical, Mr. Young’s pedal steel work imbued the group’s music with its signature rustic sound and helped create a prominent place for the steel guitar among roots-conscious California rock bands. New York Times, 17 Apr. 2021 Drummer Gene Chrisman, bassist Dave Roe, pedal steel ace Russ Pahl, and guitarist Dan Knobler provide the elegant music bed for Bahamas, while the sibling duo of the Secret Sisters add heavenly harmonies. Joseph Hudak, Rolling Stone, 24 Mar. 2021 That meant doubling down on the synthesizers and pedal steel that had rooted Wild Pink’s previous album, 2018’s Yolk in the Fur, while incorporating fiddle, saxophone, and backing vocals. Justin Curto, Vulture, 16 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of pedal steel

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pedal steel was in 1965

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10 Sep 2021

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“Pedal steel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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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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