Fortnite Festival adds Pro Lead and Bass tracks and instrument support – Everything you need to know to get started

Fortnite Festival adds Pro Lead and Bass tracks and instrument support – Everything you need to know to get started
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Fortnite Festival Season 3 has arrived and Billie Eilish is the featured artist, with a brand new skin, and many of her iconic songs being added to the game. But, one aspect of Season 3 that has flown under the radar for a lot of players is that Fortnite Festival now has official instrument support and Pro Lead and Bass tracks to bring the classic Guitar Hero and Rock Band experience to the game. Here is everything you need to know to get started.

What Are Fortnite Festival Pro Lead and Bass Tracks?

A screenshot from a video game showing a guitar-playing interface with colored notes on a track, with futuristic avatars and a Fortnite Festival stage in the background.
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After months of anticipation, Fortnite Festival Season 3 has added Pro Guitar and Bass tracks to all of the songs that have been released so far, and they will also be included with every future release. If you have played the classic Guitar Hero and Rock Band games then this mode will look very familiar. Pro tracks feature colored notes to match the colors on your instrument, as well as strumming, hammer-ons, and pull-offs, it just feels like you’ve gone back in time to the glory days of instrument rhythm games.

Pro tracks have been hidden in the in-game files since Fortnite Festival was first released and there are also drum and vocal charts included, but they are unplayable right now. These will likely be added in a future update as the mode continues to evolve.

Here are the patch notes from Fortnite Festival Season 3 relating to Pro Lead and Pro Bass tracks.

  • Added two new song parts: Pro Lead and Pro Bass! All current and future Jam Tracks now have these two playable song parts, accessible on the Main Stage with a guitar controller.
    • Pro Lead and Pro Bass have hammer-on and pull-off notes. When you have a streak going, you can hit these notes without strumming!
    • Pro Lead and Pro Bass have colored notes for each lane, corresponding with the guitar controller’s buttons.
    • Leaderboards now have new listings to support Pro Lead and Pro Bass scores. Climb to the top!
  • To support the release of Pro Lead and Pro Bass, we’ve updated the Overdrive color for all song parts from bright orange to silver-white. How you gather and activate Overdrive hasn’t changed, but we felt with the added note colors that Overdrive needed to appear more distinct.
  • For now, the whammy bar only provides a visual effect. There is no audio distortion or extra Overdrive energy when whammying.
  • We’re continuing to improve the feel of playing with a guitar controller and want your feedback! For rhythm-rocking veterans, there may be situations where you miss a note you’d expected to hit, or where a familiar Jam Track feels different. Let us know your thoughts as you don the axe in Fortnite Festival. We’re excited to see you shred!

Fortnite Festival Season 3 Adds Instrument Support

In order to play the new Pro Lead and Pro Bass tracks, you need to use plastic instruments to make it happen. Unfortunately, the Pro Lead and Bass tracks will only work with select instruments, although more will be added in the future. These include the official RockBand 4 instruments and the upcoming RIFFMASTER by PDP. Here are all of the instruments that are currently officially supported in Fortnite Festival.

PlayStation 4 and 5

  • RIFFMASTER Wireless Guitar Controller for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4
  • RockBand 4 Rivals Wireless Fender™ Jaguar Guitar for PlayStation 4
  • RockBand 4 Wireless Fender™ Stratocaster™ Guitar for PlayStation 4

Xbox One, Series X, and PC

  • RIFFMASTER Wireless Guitar Controller for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC
  • RockBand 4 Rivals Wireless Fender™ Jaguar Guitar for Xbox One (requires the Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 to use on PC)
  • RockBand 4 Wireless Fender™ Stratocaster™ Guitar for Xbox One (requires the Microsoft Xbox One Wireless Adapter for Windows 10 to use on PC)

There will be more instruments supported in the future, but these are the only ones with native support as of Fortnite Festival Season 3. If you have any other guitars, such as older Guitar Hero models, check out our guide on how to connect them to your PC.