Big Eared Mule

As played by Doc Roberts from the Kentucky region

Reel or Breakdown in A and E

From the Doc Roberts Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


MP3 on the Slippery-Hill website (streaming audio here)


I learned this tune under the name Flop Eared Mule, played in D and A.  Doc Roberts, however, recorded it in A and E.  The melody by itself is mildly challenging due to the high C#s, but beware of the difficult double-stops in the full transcription.  He played this in a medley, preceeded by Leather Britches and followed by The Irish Washerwoman.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Flop-Eared Mule, Big-Eared Mule

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