Note Block

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Note Block
Note Block.png


Solid Block









Blast resistance





This block can be broken with any tool, but a axe is the quickest




Yes (64)


No, but catches fire from lava

First appearance

Beta 1.2



Block Entity ID


Data value

dec: 25 hex: 19 bin: 11001



A Note Block is a musical block.

Obtaining[edit | edit source]

Note blocks are most quickly broken with an axe.

Note Block
Hardness 0.8
Breaking time[note 1]
Hand 1.25
Wooden 0.65
Stone 0.35
Iron 0.2
Diamond 0.2
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds.

Crafting[edit | edit source]

Ingredients Crafting recipe

Any Wood Planks +

Usage[edit | edit source]

A note block being triggered and playing a note.

Note blocks play a colored musical note when hit or when powered by redstone. A note block must have at least one block of air above it to play a sound. Notes can be heard up to 48 blocks away.

Note blocks will play when next to a powered block. Each time a note block plays a note, a note particle will fly out of the top, with the color depending on the pitch (but not the instrument).

Pressing use on the block increases the note pitch up a half step, with a total of two full octaves being available to play for each instrument (bass is two octaves lower than the standard range, giving you four octaves of effective range if you combine instruments). The range of notes span from F♯3 to F♯5. After reaching the highest note, pressing use again resets it back to F♯3, as does breaking the block and picking it back up. The exact pitch to pressing assignment is shown below.[1][2]

Note blocks cannot be moved by pistons.

Pitch (Octave 1) Number of uses Pitch (/playsound)
F♯/G♭ 0 0.5
G 1 0.53
G♯/A♭ 2 0.56
A 3 0.6
A♯/B♭ 4 0.63
B 5 0.67
C 6 0.7
C♯/D♭ 7 0.75
D 8 0.8
D♯/E♭ 9 0.85
E 10 0.9
F 11 0.95
F♯/G♭ 12 1.0
Pitch (Octave 2) Number of uses Pitch (/playsound)
F♯/G♭ 12 1.0
G 13 1.05
G♯/A♭ 14 1.1
A 15 1.2
A#/B♭ 16 1.25
B 17 1.32
C 18 1.4
C♯/D♭ 19 1.5
D 20 1.6
D♯/E♭ 21 1.7
E 22 1.8
F 23 1.9
F♯/G♭ 24 2.0

Alternatively, there is a graphical version available:

Noteblock reference.png

You can roughly check the tuning of a block by looking at the note icon.

Large note colors.png

Instruments[edit | edit source]

The instrument played depends on the material of the block underneath the note block. Note that these are groups of blocks defined by the code, not just the individual block.

Block material Instrument
Wood Bass guitar
Sand or Gravel Snare drum
Glass Clicks and sticks
Stone Bass drum
Any other material Piano or harp

Powering note blocks[edit | edit source]

A pair of note blocks wired to a clock circuit to play alternately.

Note blocks can be powered in a variety of different ways following normal redstone principles, however some ways of powering note blocks are more convenient than others or produce unexpected results.

  • When a note block is powered by a switch on its side it does play but is often very difficult to hear since the sound of the switch activating is so loud.
  • Since note blocks need a space above them, note blocks powered by pressure plates or redstone directly above them do not make a sound.

Block entity[edit | edit source]

  • Block entity data

    •  id: Music

    •  x: X coordinate of the block entity.

    •  y: Y coordinate of the block entity.

    •  z: Z coordinate of the block entity.

    •  note: Pitch (number of uses).

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.2 Added note blocks.
Console Edition
TU1 Added note blocks.

Issues[edit | edit source]

Issues relating to "Note Block" are maintained on the issue tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Note blocks start at the pitch F♯/G♭, which is unusual since the note has no significance in any known musical instrument.
  • The sound files for the note blocks can be found in assets/sounds/note, you can see that the piano sound is named "harp" and also that there is an unused sound called "pling".
  • You can tune a note block even if there is a block above it, however the note will not be seen nor will any sound be made.

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