Long-Eared Mule

As played by Clark Kessinger from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in G and D

From the Clark Kessinger Collection

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


78rpm Record


This is West Virginia fiddler Clark Kessinger’s rendition of the key-changing Mule tune. (It goes by different names, but usually references a mule’s ears.) There isn’t anything too difficult here; just look out for the key change. Kessinger used some vibrato, which is denoted in the transcription by a squiggly line next to the note to be played vibrato.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Flop-Eared Mule, Big-Eared Mule

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