This is a very simple version of the tune.

A bit more complicated... something like you might actually play it for a dance.

NB: In the alternative B part, there are no repeats, and the last bar is short.

What's important here is, of course, the direction of the bow rather than the actual notes. But, since you have to play some notes, you might as well play these, for practice. Perhaps you'd like to let an open A drone ring out while you're noting the D string. Or you might like to hit the A string just on down bows, for instance. Experiment with this, and with things like how much bow you use, and how much swing you give the rhythm.

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X:1
T:Flop-Eared Mule — simple
L:1/4
M:C|
C:Trad arr. © 2005 Ben Paley
N:This is a very simple version of the tune.
O:USA
Q:1/2=100
R:Reel
Z:Ben Paley <ben.paley@benpaley.com>
K:D
P:A
|: f f d d | A A F2 | E G F E | D F A2 |
f f d d | A A F2 | E G F E | D2 z2 !fine!:|
P:B
K:A
|: e e c2 | e e c2 | B d c B | A c e2 |
e e c2 | e e c2 | B d c B | A2 z2 :|

X:2
T:Flop-Eared Mule — complicated
L:1/8
M:C|
C:Trad arr. © 2005 Ben Paley
N:A bit more complicated... something like you might actually play it for a dance.
N:NB: In the alternative B part, there are no repeats, and the last bar is short.
O:USA
Q:1/2=111
R:Reel
Z:Ben Paley <ben.paley@benpaley.com>
K:D
P:A
|: f2 f2 d2 d2 | ABAG FE D2 | EDEF GFEF | DEFG A4 |
f2 f2 d2 d2 | ABAG FE D2 | EDEF GFEF | DEFA d4 :|
K:A
P:B
|| e2 cd e2 cd | efed cB A2 | BABc dcBc | ABcd e2 cd |
e2 cd e2 cd | efed cB A2 | BABc dcBc | A2 a2 ^g2 f2 ||
P:Alt B
| e2 cd e2 cd | efed cB Ac | B A3-A2 cd |
e2 cd e2 cd | efed c A3 | Bcde f d3-| d4 |]

X:3
T:Rock the Cradle - a serving suggestion
L:1/8
M:C|
C:Trad arr. © 2005 Ben Paley
O:USA
Q:1/2=108
R:Reel
Z:Ben Paley <ben.paley@benpaley.com>
K:D
P:A
|: a2 ag f2 fg | abag f2 fg | a2 ab afge | fdec d2 ge |
fdec d2 ag | fdec d2 ef | gfed cABc | d8 :|
P:B
|: A2 AB cABc | dcde f3 f | gefd e2 ag | fdec d2 cB |
A2 AB cABc | dcde f3 f | gfed cdec | d8 :|

X:4
T:Shuffle bowing patterns
L:1/8
M:C|
C:Trad arr. © 2005 Ben Paley
N:What's important here is, of course, the direction of the bow rather than the actual notes.
N:But, since you have to play some notes, you might as well play these, for practice. Perhaps
N:you'd like to let an open A drone ring out while you're noting the D string. Or you might like
N:to hit the A string just on down bows, for instance. Experiment with this, and with things like
N:how much bow you use, and how much swing you give the rhythm.
O:USA
Z:Ben Paley <ben.paley@benpaley.com>
K:D
P:Nashville Shuffle
|: v(EF)uFvF u(EF)vFuF | v(EF)uFvF u(EF)vFuF | v(EF)uFvF u(EF)vFuF | v(EF)uFvF u(EF)vFuF :|
P:Georgia Shuffle
|: (uEF)vF(uF EF)vF(uF | EF)vF(uF EF)vF(uF | EF)vF(uF EF)vF(uF | EF)vF(uF EF)vFuF :|