Best Keybinds for Fortnite Festival

Get your fingers ready!
Fortnite Festival
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Fortnite Festival is here, and all Guitar Hero fans were glad to see it. However, when players started trying out this Fortnite version of a rock star’s life, they encountered a couple of issues, the main one being the weird keybinds.

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As far as I noticed, nobody wants to give up on the Fortnite Festival, but they just don’t know what is the best way to fix these keybinds that seem so puzzling and unnatural. This is the reason I decided to dive into the topic and find the best way for you guys to master the guitar in this music mode.

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What are the Best Keybinds for the Fortnite Festival?

Even though both console and PC players are affected by unnatural keybinds for the Fortnite Festival, we will be focusing on the keybinds for keyboard users. The reason for that is the simple fact that a keyboard offers so much more diversity and opportunity than a simple console controller.

Best Keyboard Keybinds

The default keybinds for keyboard users are the D, F, J, and K keys in your Keyboard Controls section. I thought the developers were actually JK (just kidding) with us when I first saw the primary key layout, but unfortunately, they were serious about those keys. Using them to play the 4 lanes and then the space key for Overdrive seemed so unusual that I had to look for an alternative.

After looking up other people’s suggestions online and trying out different solutions, I found that the best keybind layout would be the “guitar keybind.” Let me explain.

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As you can see in the picture above, you can turn your keyboard upside down (it doesn’t matter if it’s wireless or not) and place your fingers on number keys 1, 2, 3, and 4 to simulate the real guitar feel (well, as far as that’s possible anyway). You can then keep your right thumb on the Enter key, which will be your Overdrive button.

If you have longer fingers than me, you can even go ahead and move the keys to the next line – use Q, W, E, and R. Do remember that if you play in expert mode, you will get an additional line to play so in the first case that would mean you will need to add the number 5 key and in the second case you would need to help yourself with the T key.

Even though this resembles playing a small banjo more than an actual guitar, I figured that it’s the best way to play Fortnite Festival (until they decide to release a custom controller guitar, that is). Still, this setup has its flaws, as it is created for right-handed people and will take some time to get used to. Old Guitar Hero pros who used the dedicated controller to play the game will probably get used to this keybind faster than others.

Best Controller Keybinds

If you’re using a controller, there are better options for you as well! Instead of using the default left and right d-pads as well as the X and B buttons, you can go into Controller Mapping settings and switch the controls to the 4 trigger buttons.

Use your L1, L2, R1, and R2 buttons if you are on PS or RB, RT, LB, and LT buttons if on Xbox, and your music-playing skills will skyrocket. There’s a catch, though, you guessed it. If you want to play the expert difficulty, there is no spare trigger button left, so you’ll have to settle with some of the ordinary controller buttons for that.


We hope you’ll become a true rock star with our tips. For more content on Fortnite, see The Rarest Fortnite Back Blings and Best Hiding Spots on Fortnite OG Map.

About the author

Đorđe Ivanović

Đorđe Ivanović (Djordje Ivanovic) is Managing Editor of Gamer Journalist and has been with the site since 2022. He has a BA in Journalism and five years of professional writing experience behind him, with a recent personal focus on gaming and technology niches. His GJ coverage includes Path of Exile, Ragnarok Origin, and Blizzard hit games like Diablo, WoW, and Overwatch alongside other live service games.
In his free time, you will find this adamant fan of Dota solving some sort of puzzle games, and getting familiar with board gaming.

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