Jake E. Lee, Bark @ the Moon, pre chorus, 16th note riffs

I’ve been working on the fills that Jake
Inserts in the pre chorus for a while…

---- 4 4 --------2 2----------5 5------------4 4—
---------2 2 --------2 2 ------------2 2 -----------2 2

It’s a tight double picking riff…
Heavy muting, when I start to build up speed it becomes mushy crossing back and fotrth on the low e/a strings…

Any advice on this lick??

I use upstroke escape motions for that lick. It is pretty tough, especially as the song is fairly fast.


I use up strokes as well, that’s the way to go.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who finds this riff challenging

Jake was great in the 80s…

As I remember, this riff does a string skip, something like this:
------------------------------2 2----------------------
---- 4 4 --------2 2-------------------------5 5—------
---------2 2 --------2 2 ------------2 2 -----------2 2

I can’t imagine trying to do this with pick-slanting without doing a lot of swiping.

Sometimes I just play it as 8th notes :smiley: I need energy for the solo!

The riff is strictly on the E and A strings, no skipping to the d string

Maybe it was later in the song. Or maybe I was reading a poorly transcribed version of it… but I remember seeing it… and thinking… holy crap.

This is a great little exercise! I’ve actually broken this song down into a handful of exercises and it’s been helpful. If I remember correctly, troy mentioned something to the extent that the majority of these guys from the 80’s being downward pick slanters with only a few being exceptions. But to the best of my knowledge, Jake and Randy both played licks that would require both upward and downward pick slanting (2wps)

Put a video of you playing it up.

This one is cool

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I don’t know if that’s true, and if I said that, I apologize! It might be true. I’m just not sure if it is or isn’t.

However this type of phrase is indeed a classic “dwps” phrase, especially with a wrist/forearm motion, because of the muting. Ths is basically Doug Aldrich’s forte, and why he’s a great fit for the Whitesnake tunes that have this type of phrase in it:


I think this Bark at the Moon lick is perfect for Troy’s new video Don’t “Work Up” to Picking Speed – Start with It! Put the lick on a loop “up to speed” (147 bpm) and go for it! I try to focus on the right hand picking and let the left hand fall into place. Good luck and have fun!