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Flop Eared Mule banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    A simple but fun Scruggs style arrangement of this classic fiddle tune. The first measure of the B part may be kind of tricky for you so make use of the looper and tempo slider to control your speed and put in your reps. You'll have it nailed in no time! But if you are making mistakes(when in practice mode) you are going to fast. Don't be afraid to practice at a Snail's pace. It's actually one of the best things you can do to improve.

  • Melodic Style


    Nothing too fancy here. Take your time and play for good tone and note connection. Remember when practicing: Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast. Earl Scruggs' goal was not to be the fastest banjo player, but the smoothest-and look what happened...He got both!

  • Backup


    Just some simple backup that stays away from the melody notes. Notice how the roll patterns change near the end of the repeats. This helps the ear establish where the ending is-for the players and the listener. Also, notice how a completely different roll pattern is used for the B part. This contrast really helps to distinguish the two sections.


More about Flop Eared Mule

"Flop eared mule" is a melody which has no easily defined origin, though having all finger-pointing to Detroit, as Mark Wilson believes the tune to be a polka of probable central European origin. While Ford holds that the tune is derived from College Schottische which bears close similarity with. others point to an origin in Detroit. It has been given a number of descriptions. Lovett described it as Military Schottische/ barn dance. Bronner states that Northern United states fiddlers often mentioned to him that that the piece was an old-time tube for a Schottische dance also called barn dance, which was popular in New York before the Second world war. Paul Gifford However commented it seems reasonable to assume that the "flop-eared mule" was Detroit Schottische. A three-part melody was written and published in 1854, a dancing master who owned a music store in Detroit. The melody is often recorded in the 78 RPM era and has some 40 recordings. The earliest of these recordings were done by Kentucky-born William B. Houchens (1884-c.1955). some artist like the Kessinger Brothers (1929), and the Skillet Lickers (1930). Doc Roberts (1928), Arkansas "Arkie" Woodchopper (1940) had their own versions. ‘flatback’ was also linked to the first strain of ‘Flop-eared Mule” and “quadriller Champion 4eme partie’ also does the same thing.

On Tunefox you’ll find 3 different tabs for Flop Eared Mule. Each of these tabs will teach you how to play the this tune in a different way. The Scruggs style tablature will show you how to play left hand slurs, otherwise known as hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs. The Melodic style arrangement of will show you how to play Flop Eared Mule up the neck using major and pentatonic scales. And finally, the Backup arrangement will teach you how to play the backup for this song, which is essential for jam sessions.

Each Tunefox arrangement teaches you how to create your own solos by using a feature called the Lick Switcher. The Lick Switcher features different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, or Bluesy and you can swap out measures in Flop Eared Mule to learn about improvisation and creating arrangements. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text "Original Measure" above certain measures in the song. Then select the lick you'd like to insert into the song. You can also click on "Shuffle Licks" at the bottom of the page to see a fully new version of the tablature.

You'll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Flop Eared Mule on banjo. For example, you can use the "Hide Notes" feature, which will hide some notes for you so you can learn parts of the melody by ear. The "Memory train" tool will progressively hide notes each time you play through a section or the entirety of a song. Take your speed to the next level with the "Speed Up" feature. This tool will automatically increase playback speed each time you loop the song.

Each Tunefox banjo Flop Eared Mule tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with with an entire band and you can change volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking.

Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.