Watch the Pedal Steel: Solo 1 online guitar lesson by Joe Dalton from Big Twang
These steel licks are the kind you hear from the E9th steel guitar neck. There is a great steel guitar solo on Vince Gill's "Look at Us". Many of the classic country artists have recorded songs with great crying steel guitar sounds. Check out Tammy Wynette, Jean Shepherd, and Loretta Lynn's recordings just to name a few.
Make sure your tone is not too bright. Spend a lot of time getting the bends in tune. All of the hard work now, will pay off later. Develop those good habits right from the start.