The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Keep On Moving

By Michael Rubin

Written by Michael Rubin on . Posted in Blog: Harmonica Articles, Harmonica Players

Here’s a look at Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s album, Keep On Moving…

The entire album is in 2nd position.

On the title track, jam along in the key of D on a G harp. Listen to the wah wahs he achieves by cupping his hands.

He also uses a G harp in D to play low and slow on Losing Hand. Low harps take more muscle strength. Notice his use of dirt on 4 draw at 1:36, bringing in 5 draw just a sliver.

Where Did My Baby Go plays in the horn player’s favorite key of Bb using an Eb harmonica. Hear how Paul overdubs his harp to create a call and response with his vocals. Listen to his singing. Sense his rests. Play within the rests.

Walkin’ By Myself’s fast flowing work is in the key of E on an A harp. While the song fades out, Paul brings in octaves, intensifying right at the end of the solo!

I hope you are enjoying these as much as I am!
Michael Rubin

Comments (6)

  • Stephen Littell


    Losing Hand is in 3rd position, not 2nd. Key of A On. G harp.


  • Steve Chambers


    I love playing harmonica and the blues but unfortunately , yes , I sold out for the stability of a steady paycheck and insurance . I am nearing retirement and need help getting myself back into the groove but it’s been so very very long that I don’t even know how to get myself started ! I listen to blues and try to pick the key it’s in and play along on one of my harmonicas but I need more . I need instruction for playing the blues on harmonica! Could you please help or guide me to help !


  • Steve Lewis


    Saw the Butterfield Blues Band around 1967, with Elvin Bishop. I was hooked on Butterfield’s harp playing and he is still my favorite of all time. The tone he had on the Chromatic was from another planet. Oh yeah, I’m a professional Drummer, who always wanted to be a harp player, Ha!


  • John


    Glad I got to see him live before he passed. It was a small bar in New Paltz, New York, mid 80s. Great show!


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