Note Block

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Note Block
Note Block.png
Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Tool

Blast resistance

0.8

Hardness

0.8

Luminant

No

Transparent

No

Flammable

No

Catches fire from lava

Yes

A note block is a musical block that emits sounds when powered with redstone.

Obtaining[edit]

Breaking[edit]

Note blocks are most quickly broken with an axe.

Block Note Block
Hardness 0.8
Tool
Breaking time[note 1]
Default 1.25
Wooden 0.65
Stone 0.35
Iron 0.2
Diamond 0.2
Netherite 0.15
Golden 0.1
  1. Times are for unenchanted tools in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks +
Redstone Dust

Usage[edit]

Playing music[edit]

Notes[edit]

This section needs more information.
Information requested: Exact hex codes for each note colour
A note block being triggered and playing a note.

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.

The exact pitch to pressing assignment is shown below.[1][2]

Pitch (Octave 1) Number of uses Pitch (/playsound)
F♯/G♭- Fa♯/Sol♭ 0 0.5
G - Sol 1 2^(-11/12) ≈ 0.529732
G♯/A♭- Sol♯/La♭ 2 2^(-10/12) ≈ 0.561231
A - La 3 2^(-9/12) ≈ 0.594604
A♯/B♭- La♯/Si♭ 4 2^(-8/12) ≈ 0.629961
B - Si 5 2^(-7/12) ≈ 0.667420
C - Do 6 2^(-6/12) ≈ 0.707107
C♯/D♭- Do♯/Re♭ 7 2^(-5/12) ≈ 0.749154
D - Re 8 2^(-4/12) ≈ 0.793701
D♯/E♭- Re♯/Mi♭ 9 2^(-3/12) ≈ 0.840896
E - Mi 10 2^(-2/12) ≈ 0.890899
F - Fa 11 2^(-1/12) ≈ 0.943874
F♯/G♭- Fa♯/Sol♭ 12 1
Pitch (Octave 2) Number of uses Pitch (/playsound)
F♯/G♭- Fa♯/Sol♭ 12 1
G - Sol 13 2^(1/12) ≈ 1.059463
G♯/A♭- Sol♯/La♭ 14 2^(2/12) ≈ 1.122462
A - La 15 2^(3/12) ≈ 1.189207
A♯/B♭- La♯/Si♭ 16 2^(4/12) ≈ 1.259921
B - Si 17 2^(5/12) ≈ 1.334840
C - Do 18 2^(6/12) ≈ 1.414214
C♯/D♭- Do♯/Re♭ 19 2^(7/12) ≈ 1.498307
D - Re 20 2^(8/12) ≈ 1.587401
D♯/E♭- Re♯/Mi♭ 21 2^(9/12) ≈ 1.681793
E - Mi 22 2^(10/12) ≈ 1.781797
F - Fa 23 2^(11/12) ≈ 1.887749
F♯/G♭- Fa♯/Sol♭ 24 2

Alternatively, there is a graphical version available:

Noteblock reference.png

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

Note colors.png

In Java Edition, the tuning can also be checked by looking at the right side of the debug screen (accessed by pressing F3). It is denoted as "note:" followed by a number from 0 to 24.

Instruments[edit]

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 (Java) Sound event names (Bedrock)
Material: Wood Bass (String Bass) F♯1–F♯3 block.note_block.bass note.bass
Material: Sand, Gravel, Concrete Powder Snare Drum block.note_block.snare note.snare
Material: Glass Clicks and Sticks block.note_block.hat note.hat
Material: Stone, Netherrack, Nylium Bass Drum (Kick) block.note_block.basedrum note.bd
Block of Gold Bells (Glockenspiel) F♯5–F♯7 block.note_block.bell note.bell
Clay Flute F♯4–F♯6 block.note_block.flute note.flute
Packed Ice Chimes F♯5–F♯7 block.note_block.chime note.chime
Wool Guitar F♯2–F♯4 block.note_block.guitar note.guitar
Bone Block Xylophone F♯5–F♯7 block.note_block.xylophone note.xylophone
Block of Iron Iron Xylophone (Vibraphone) F♯3–F♯5 block.note_block.iron_xylophone note.iron_xylophone
Soul Sand Cow Bell F♯4–F♯6 block.note_block.cow_bell note.cow_bell
Pumpkin Didgeridoo F♯1–F♯3 block.note_block.didgeridoo note.didgeridoo
Block of Emerald "Bit" (Square wave) F♯3–F♯5 block.note_block.bit note.bit
Hay Bale Banjo F♯3–F♯5 block.note_block.banjo note.banjo
Glowstone "Pling" (Electric piano) F♯3–F♯5 block.note_block.pling note.pling
Any other blocks Harp / piano F♯3–F♯5 block.note_block.harp note.harp

Powering note blocks[edit]

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 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.

Fuel[edit]

Note blocks can be used as a fuel in furnaces, smelting 1.5 items per block.

Sounds[edit]

Java Edition:

SoundSubtitleSourceDescriptionNamespaced IDTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation distance
Block brokenBlocksBreaking the blockblock.wood.breaksubtitles.block.generic.break1.00.816
None[sound 1]BlocksFalling on the block with fall damageblock.wood.fallNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
Block breakingBlocksMining the blockblock.wood.hitsubtitles.block.generic.hit0.250.516
Block placedBlocksPlacing the blockblock.wood.placesubtitles.block.generic.place1.00.816
FootstepsBlocksWalking on the blockblock.wood.stepsubtitles.block.generic.footsteps0.151.016

Bedrock Edition: [needs in-game testing]

SoundDescriptionNamespaced IDVolumePitch
?Breaking the blockdig.wood? 0.8
?Falling on the block with fall damagefall.wood? ?
?Mining the blockhit.wood? 0.5
?Jumping from the blockjump.wood? ?
?Falling on the block without fall damageland.wood? ?
?Walking on the blockstep.wood? ?
?Placing the blockuse.wood? 0.8

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

NameNamespaced IDTranslation key
Note Blocknote_block block.minecraft.note_block

Bedrock Edition:

NameNamespaced IDNumeric ID Translation key
Note Blocknoteblock 25tile.noteblock.name
NameSavegame ID
Block entity?

Block states[edit]

Java Edition:

Name Default value Allowed values Description
instrumentharpbanjo
basedrum
bass
bell
bit
chime
cow_bell
didgeridoo
flute
guitar
harp
hat
iron_xylophone
pling
snare
xylophone
The instrument of the note block.
note00
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
The pitch of the note block
poweredfalsefalse
true
True if the note block is currently activated.

Video[edit]

History[edit]

Java Edition Beta
1.2Note Block Revision 1.png 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.
Java Edition
1.915w34aThe power state of note blocks is now controlled through a tag, and therefore can now be controlled independently of any redstone signal.
1.1116w32aThe block entity ID of note blocks has been changed from Music to noteblock.
1.1217w16aAdded sound events (but not the sounds themselves) for additional instruments (bell, chime, flute, guitar, xylophone) to note blocks.
17w17aAdded sounds for additional instruments to note blocks.
1.1317w47aThe ID has been changed from noteblock to note_block.
Note blocks are no longer block entities and instead are defined by the note, powered, and instrument block states.
Prior to The Flattening, this block's numeral ID was 25.
1.1418w43aNote Block.png The texture of note blocks has been changed.
19w09aAdded 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
0.13.0build 1Note Block Revision 1.png Added note blocks.
0.15.0build 1Note blocks can now be moved by pistons.
Bedrock Edition
1.10.0beta 1.10.0.3Note Block.png The texture of note blocks has been changed.
1.13.0beta 1.13.0.9Added all new note block sounds from Java Edition 1.12 and 1.14.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Note Block Revision 1.png Added note blocks.
TU53CU431.49Patch 231.0.3Added new note block sounds.
1.90Note Block.png The texture of note blocks has been changed.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
0.1.0Note Block Revision 1.png Added note blocks.

Issues[edit]

Issues relating to "Note block" or "Noteblock" are maintained on the bug tracker. Report issues there.

Trivia[edit]

  • 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.
  • Note blocks have the second highest number of possible block state combinations, at 800, beating fire's 512 and behind redstone dust's 1296.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]