Stone Temple Pilots - Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart - Solo

This article is part 22 of 25 in the 2022 music project series.

Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart is a song with a long title off Stone Temple Pilots' 1996 album with an equally long title Tiny Music… Songs from the Vatican Gift Shop. I don't know what the song title means and I don't know what the album title means. But it's a pretty great solo.

In my copious collection of songbooks, I have two different notations of this song, one from the actual album's songbook, which is generally pretty poor, and one from their greatest hits album Thank You. I forgot I owned the Thank You book, so I was trying to piece together the inaccurate parts of the transcription from live performances and other places online, that had equally inaccurate transcriptions.

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Transcription of the solo from the album's songbook.
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A more accurate transcription of the solo from the greatest hits songbook.

However, I was in too deep before I re-discovered my possession of the Thank You book, and I ended up just kind of making up some parts of the solo on my own. Specifically, the legato part near the end. The Thank You transcription was accurate, but just kinda sloppy and hard to replicate. The Tiny Music… transcription was missing slurs, slides, articulations and wasn't really accurate. My version combined the two, although the notes I played are probably most similar to the Tiny Music… version. At the end of the day it's an F♯m pentatonic legato run that's played pretty fast. Not a whole lot of options to cram into three beats, so everything will sound pretty similar.

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Transcription from Tiny Music…
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Transcription from Thank You
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My own transcription

Recording

The bass part I recorded is not accurate, but I think it sounds pretty cool regardless.

Cover of Dean DeLeo's solo from Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart

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Screenshot of my Ardour/Hydrogen setup