Lap Steel

I play a strange instrument in a strange way. . . 

Since the age of 16 I’ve been working to find my place playing lap steel in unusual places: avant-garde improv, Jewish liturgical ensembles, big band, jazz, blues, surf, meditation tracks, 20th century classical and even country music!


 My Tuning: G A C E G B D E
G:59, A:46, C:42, E:34, G:26w, B:22w, D:15, E:13

I’ve been tweaking my tuning for over 15 years and probably will continue to do so for the rest of my life . . .


Click here to hear an NPR feature on Pedal and Lap Steel showcasing my playing in the Sandcatchers


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My two main lap steels: the Black Custom and my signature Myk Freedman model.  Both are made by Fouke Industrial Guitars.  Check out my VIDEOS page to hear them in various contexts.

Artist Endorsement
I’m extremely proud to have teamed up with master builder Chris Fouke from Fouke Industrial Guitars to create a Myk Freedman signature model .

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Here’s a close up of Chris Fouke’s ingenious design to have the strings remain level regardless of their gauges.  With this system the strings run under the bridge and nut so they are always perfectly in line.  I love it!  IMG_20181223_142850539


Since you’re here, here’s a list of amazing modern steel players I recommend checking out:
Roosevelt Collier, Christine Bougie, Raphael McGregor, Stephen Ulrich, Kevin Breit, Don Rooke, Mike Neer, Kashiah Hunter, Hexx Anderson, Cindy Cashdollar, Rocco Deluca, A.J Ghent, Chris Combs, Steve Dawson, Nels Cline



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