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How to Use the Fender Mustang Pro Guitar Controller for Rock Band 3

Rock Band 3's features include a new Fender Mustang guitar to play in its all-new Pro mode. Here are some tips on how to use this plastic ax.


  • Step 1: Use the Mustang Check out the basics of the Rock Band 3 Fender Mustang Pro guitar controller -- rather than 5 buttons like older models, the neck has 102 buttons covering 17 frets to correspond with the notes on an actual guitar; the body has 6 strings to strum, a touch-sensitive string box pressed to mute notes, and the game controls.
  • Step 2: Play single notes Turn Rock Band 3 to Pro mode. To play single notes, follow the on-screen guitar neck: each fret corresponds to a number, while the strings correspond to colors. Slide your left hand along the neck, matching the number and color, and strum with your right hand.
  • TIP: You can play Rock Band 3 in Standard mode with an older model guitar controller.
  • Step 3: Play chords To play chords, use the on-screen number to reference where to put your index finger and the chord shape to know where to put your other fingers; the controller's neck recognizes your hand's location. As the chords cross the on-screen guitar bridge, strum the strings to score points.
  • TIP: For additional practice on the new guitars for Rock Band 3, use the Trainer and Career mode features.
  • Step 4: Connect to a computer If you have a computer with music writing software, connect the guitar through its MIDI port. Then, use it to compose your own tunes.
  • Step 5: Rock out Keep playing until you master each level of the game, rocking all the way.
  • FACT: Eric Clapton's famed guitar "Blackie" was assembled using parts from 3 separate vintage Fender Stratocasters.

You Will Need

  • Rock Band 3
  • Fender Mustang Pro guitar controller
  • Older model guitar controller (optional)
  • Computer with music-writing software (optional)

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