Stone Temple Pilots
Song: Big Empty Artist: Stone Temple Pilots Author(of this version): Russ Allen This is the first time I've posted to the , and I was hesitant to do it at all. I was looking through the collected versions of "Big Empty" just for the lyrics, because I already knew how to play the song. I noticed that none of the other versions are particularly clear on a couple of things, and there is no tab at all for the solos before the verses. Since the solos are an important part of the song, I figured I'd post my own version. Before I start, I'd like to say that I'm not insinuating that MY way is the RIGHT way to play the song, and that everyone else who has posted is wrong. All I'm saying is that my version is acceptable to me, and on the few occasions that I've played in front of a crowd, everyone there seems to agree that I appear to have it right. G here it is. Chords for the verses: Em7: 022030 C9: 332333 The easiest way to play this chord(for me anyway) is to use your thumb to bar the top two strings on the third fret, your index finger to hit the third string on the second fret(you can lay your index finger across all the strings just to get that one string), and your ring finger to bar the last 3 strings on the third fret. If you finger the chord this way, it's easy to do, it's almost like grabbing the neck of the guitar, you don't have to think about it. Chords for the chorus: G: 355433 (To me it sounds better with the barred G than the regular G) F: 133211 C: 335553 (Again, I think it sounds better with the barred chord) The above chords are for the "Time to take her home, her dizzy head is conscious laden...etc." part. When you get to "..Conversation kills.." use this chord progression: G: 355433 F: 133211 Esus4: 022200 E: 022100 For the two E chords, play them one after the other. When playing the Esus4 chord, use the regular E fingering, and just stick your pinky down on the fourth string down, then lift it to play the E When going back into the verse after the chorus, start with the C9 chord, then go into the regular rhythm for the verse starting with Em7 Okay, now for the solos. There are two solos, one before the first verse and another before the second. I'm pretty sure STP used a Dobro guitar with a slide for these solos. Solos: (The only strings I use to play these solos are the two high stings, e and B G I won't go to the trouble of typing out all 6. It's pointless. In case you wonder why I only use these two strings, it's because I play this with a slide, and I'm tabbing it with that in mind) Legend: ~~ = Vibrato x/y = Slide up from note x to note y x\y = Slide down from note x to note y x\\ = Slide from note x down until sound is gone x// = Slide up from note x until sound is gone First Solo: e------------------------------3/7-10~~~~-7-10-6~~~\3-3-5-6\5-3--5-3| B----8~~~7-8-7~~~~\3-3-3~~~~--0------------------------------------| e--3/7-10~~~7-10-6~~~~-------| B----------------------------| Second Solo: e---10/12\3-3/6~~~-----3-5-6~~~~3-5-3-3/7-10~~~10/12\10-6~~~\\-3/6-| B------------------3/5---------------------------------------------| e--3/5-------| B-----3/5~~~~| That's it for the solos. They play a few little runs during the verses, but you can improvise just using the notes you play for the actual solos. Last of all, the lyrics: (play solo 1 along with the Em7 and C9 chords, then the verse starts) [verse 1] Em7 C9 Em7 Driving faster in my car Falling farther from just what we are Smoke a cigarette and lie some more These conversations kill Driving faster in my car (start playing the second chord progression) [chorus] G F Time to take her home C Her dizzy head is conscience laden Time to take a ride that leaves today No conversation Time to take her home Her dizzy head is conscience laden Time to wait to long To wait to long, to wait to long (start playing the third chord progression) G F Esus4 E (Go back to first chord progression, start with C9 and play second solo, then the verse starts) [verse 2] Too much walkin' shoes worn thin Too much trippin' and my soul's worn thin Time to catch a ride that leaves today Her name is what is means Too much walkin' shoes worn thin (play the chorus) (play the third chord progression again) G F Esus4 E (let ring) G F Esus4 E(etc.) ...Conversation kills... Well, that's it. If anyone feels a need to correct me on anything, just write me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy playing!