|Catches fire from lava||
|— Duncan Geere|
Note blocks are most quickly broken with an axe.
|Breaking time[note 1]|
- Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.
|Any Planks +
Note blocks play a 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. The volume of a note block decreases as the player gets further away from it.
Note blocks play when on or next to a powered block. Each time a note block plays a note, a note particle may fly out of the top (if pressed too fast, notes may not appear), with the color depending on the pitch (but not the instrument).
There are 16 different instruments and 25 different pitches per instrument. Pressing use on the block increases the note pitch up a semitone, with a total of two full octaves (25 semitones) being available for each instrument. The standard range (for harp and pling instruments) of notes span from F♯3 to F♯5. After reaching the highest note, pressing use again resets the pitch back to F♯3, as does breaking the block and picking it back up.
The bass is two octaves (24 semitones) lower than the standard range, the guitar is one octave (12 semitones) lower than the standard range, the flute is one octave above the standard range, and the bells, chimes, and xylophone are 2 octaves above the standard range. This gives the player six octaves (72 semitones) of effective range to combine instruments for greater pitch coverage.
Alternatively, there is a graphical version available:
Players can roughly check the tuning of a block by looking at the note icon. Alternatively, if the player has perfect pitch, they may be able to identify the note without any reference, which may speed up the tuning process.
The tuning can also be checked by looking at the right side of the Debug screen (press F3 to access). It's denoted as note: 0 to 24.
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||Instrument||Range||Sound event names|
|Material: Sand, Gravel, Concrete Powder||Snare Drum||—|
|Material: Glass||Clicks and Sticks||—|
|Material: Stone||Bass Drum||—|
|Block of Gold||Bell (Glockenspiel)||F♯5–F♯7|
|Block of Iron||Iron Xylophone (Vibraphone)||F♯3–F♯5|
|Soul Sand||Cow Bell||F♯4–F♯6|
|Block of Emerald||"Bit" (Square wave)||F♯3–F♯5|
|Glowstone||"Pling" (Electric piano)||F♯3–F♯5|
|Any other blocks||Harp / piano||F♯3–F♯5|
Powering note blocks
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 button on its side, it does play a note, but is often difficult to hear because the sound of the button can overlap the note block.
- Because note blocks need space above them, note blocks powered by pressure plates or redstone directly above them do not make a sound.
|Sound||Subtitle||Source||Description||Namespaced ID||Subtitle key||Volume||Pitch||Attenuation distance|
|Block broken||Blocks||Breaking the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|None||Blocks||Falling on the block with fall damage||0.5||0.75||16|
|Block breaking||Blocks||Mining the block||0.25||0.5||16|
|Block placed||Blocks||Placing the block||1.0||0.8||16|
|Footsteps||Blocks||Walking on the block||0.15||1.0||16|
|?||Breaking the block||?||0.8|
|?||Falling on the block with fall damage||?||?|
|?||Mining the block||?||0.5|
|?||Jumping from the block||?||?|
|?||Falling on the block without fall damage||?||?|
|?||Walking on the block||?||?|
|?||Placing the block||?||0.8|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Translation key|
|Name||Namespaced ID||Numeric ID||Translation key|
|Name||Default value||Allowed values||Description|
|instrument||The instrument of the note block.|
|note||The pitch of the note block|
|powered||True if the note block is currently activated.|
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.2||Added note blocks.|
|Note blocks have 5 instruments: Harp, Bass, Bass drum, Snare drum, Click. Pling is also added in the sound files, but is currently unused.|
|1.3.1||12w22a||Inventory sprites for blocks have been flipped from left to right, changing to .|
|1.9||15w34a||The power state of note blocks is now controlled through a tag, and therefore can now be controlled independently of any redstone signal.|
|1.11||16w32a||The block entity ID of note blocks has been changed from |
|1.12||17w16a||Added sound events (but not the sounds themselves) for additional instruments (bell, chime, flute, guitar, xylophone) to note blocks.|
|17w17a||Added sounds for additional instruments to note blocks.|
|1.13||17w47a||The ID has been changed from |
|Note blocks are no longer block entities and instead are defined by the |
|Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 25.|
|1.14||18w43a||The texture of note blocks has been changed.|
|19w09a||Added sounds to note blocks for additional instruments (iron xylophone, cow bell, didgeridoo, bit, and banjo), and implemented the "Pling" instrument into the game.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.13.0||build 1||Added note blocks.|
|0.15.0||build 1||Note blocks can now be moved by pistons.|
|1.10.0||beta 126.96.36.199||The texture of note blocks has been changed.|
|1.13.0||beta 188.8.131.52||Added all new note block sounds from Java Edition 1.12 and 1.14.|
|Legacy Console Edition|
|TU1||CU1||1.0||Patch 1||1.0.1||Added note blocks.|
|TU53||CU43||1.49||Patch 23||1.0.3||Added new note block sounds.|
|1.90||The texture of note blocks has been changed.|
|New Nintendo 3DS Edition|
|0.1.0||Added note blocks.|
- Note blocks start at the pitch F♯. Few musical instruments are tuned to F♯.
- Because a note block is a wooden type block, a note block directly on top of another one produce a string bass sound when powered.
- Tutorials/Redstone music
- Tutorials/Redstone music/Doorbell
- Minecraft Note Block Studio – A music editor for Minecraft.