Big Eared Mule (2)
X:1 T:Big Eared Mule  I:from the playing of John Salyer (1882-1952, Salyersville, Magoffin County, eastern Ky.) M:C| L:1/8 Q:"Quick" N:From home recordings made in 1941-1942 by Salyer's sons N:https://soundarchives.berea.edu/items/show/4218 Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:D +slide+[A2A2]-|[A2A2] A2 FDFA-|ABAF D2DF|A2 A2 FDFA-|ABAF D2D2| ABde fdfd|e2d4f+slide+[A2A2]-|[A2A2] A2 FDFA-|ABAF D2DF| A2 A2 FDFA-|ABAF D2D2|ABde fdfd|e2d4|| fg|a2a2 fdfg|afaf d2d2|ABde fdfd|e2 d4fg| a2a2 fdfg abaf d2d2|ABde fdfd|e2d4|| K:G [G,2D2]-|[G,2D2]b2 g3d-|dedB G2G2|DEGA BGBG|A2[G,4G4]-[G,G]B| c3B ABcd| e2d4[G,2D2]-|[G,2D2]b2 g3d-|dedB G2G2| DEGA BGBG|A2G4||
BIG-EARED MULE . American, Reel (cut time). USA, Ky. D Major ('A' & 'B' parts) & G Major ('C' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABCC'. The melody was recorded in 1940-41 from the playing of Salyersville, Magoffin County, east Ky., fiddler John Salyer (1882-1952), by his sons who had purchased a disc recording machine. Salyer's "Big Eared Mule" has a distanced relationship to "Big Eared Mule (1)"/"Flop Eared Mule (1)," with parts reversed from the usual order. Both versions have a quadrille-style key change between the first and second strains.