Behind the Altar

An instrumental recording dedicated to my maternal grandparents.
Part of a musical project I am working on about my family history.

Lovely story, Jet.

You’ve created a spacious sound reminiscent of the cathedral. Your guitar lines would work beautifully in the live space. As a recording your work is impeccable. The slide is particularly clean and the solo flows over the top of the chunky rhythm.

Thanks for sharing.


This is a film score. Rich and evocative. Very nicely done, how you placed the acoustic guitar on both sides. Trying to figure out how to do it well myself. I’m seeing this film in my mind. Thanks for posting!

Now, some might say I’m a bit narrow minded, in that I don’t really listen to lyrics and genuinely always prefer music without words, even though I can enjoy some tunes with singing. Especially if the words themselves are moving. (Although again, I’d probably prefer the words were separate from the music, rather like your preface to this piece.)

I thought this was absolutely lovely, fabulous soundstage, no idea how you achieve that. And a lovely, Knopfler-like melody on the guitar. Very tasty! Was there any organ on this? Or was that you reverbing up the guitars? Great stuff.


Hi Jonathan, Leon and Steve,

thanks for your comments, appreciated.

This is track #6 from an all-instrumental album I hope to
finish later this year. Joe Bush is doing all my drums
and Lenny Lee and my son Taylor have contributed
bass lines for some tunes. I’m very excited about it.
And freed from the demands of lyric writing, I have
been able to get stuck into the recordings at a very
fast pace.

There is also a back-story to this project coming up which I suspect
some peeps here might find very interesting. But
more about that later!

Here I have lap steels left and right, and of course the lead one
down the middle. All are my 1950 National Dynamic and all are just thumbed.
Tungsten Cortez with a Weber attenuator and SM57.
Yes, a church organ comes in over the last
section. I had to give it something contextual there, and it
ended up providing a nice low end too.

The overall sound comes from the delay(s) and reverb.
I used a 500 msec on the SDD3000, copied that and then reversed it.
The reversed delay then goes to the SDD3000 again at two different
delay settings each, eventually panned left/right.
A further touch of wavery Roland chorus on the riddum lap steels.

There are two reverbs: one cathedral and one more plate-ish for top end.
Mix each to taste. Didn’t want anything too big, just some depth and
a hint of a big space.

Tracked thru Kush/UBK Fatso using the “smooth” compressor

Mix sent to the Otari then Kush Electra for final EQ curve
and M/S mastering into Waves L1. Analogue “overs” throughout.


Hi Jet,

What a lovely tune. Enjoyed reading about the details of the recording process. Great story. Can’t wait to listen to the whole album.


Yep, very nice. I like how it starts and ends with that wierd dense chord :slight_smile:

very nice ,you play slide really nice, the backing sounds great. well done

Great stuff! Love it.

Thanks chaps for the listens and comments.

I have four lap steels, and depending upon mood or which one is closest to hand, I’ll pick it up
and plug it in. It’s often just the top three strings I need, or I just turn the pegs until
most strings sound like they at least don’t fight each other. Over time, say a year, the tunings have
gone quite whacko, coz once a project is done I don’t bother to return them
to any “standard”, I put them back in their case. Next time I pick that one up, I have no idea what tuning
I used last time and re-tweak for the current song.

This particular tuning was: (from top string) C-G-E-D-A-E ( to bottom string).

Totally whacked.

C Major add6add9 ,sexy chord