Lap Steel Guitar Facts
The lap steel guitar is a string instrument derived from and similar to the guitar. On a conventional guitar, players create sounds by pressing strings against the fretboard. When playing a lap steel or lap pedal guitar, players alter the pitch by pressing a bar against the strings. The instrument is typically placed on the player’s lap. It can also be placed on a stool in front of the player.
Lap steel and pedal steel guitars are associated with many types of music including bluegrass, blues, country, Hawaiian, jazz, and rock. How does it work? The player holds a metal or glass slide in one hand, which is moved along the strings. The other hand is used to pluck or pick the strings.
More Lap Steel Guitar Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called a lap steel guitarist.
Notable lap steel guitarists include Jeff Beck, Chuck Berry, John Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead), George Harrison (The Beatles), James Kerr, John Lennon (The Beatles), Barbara Mandrell, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Ron Wood (The Rolling Stones).
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Learn the Basics of Sliding and Picking
Andrew Defrancisci walks you through the basics of sliding and picking. Learn a few general playing techniques for the lap steel guitar.
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Ash Electric Lap Steel Guitar
- Full-size 36-fret lap steel guitar
- American swamp ash body with rosewood fretboard
- Diecast chrome tuners plus volume and tone knobs
- Removable lap steel stand and padded carry bag
- P90 pickup
- Perfect for Blues, Rock, Hawaiian, Country, Bluegrass, and Western Swing
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