Note Block

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Note Block
Note Block.png


Solid Block









Blast resistance





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




Yes (64)


No, but catches fire from lava

First appearances

See History



Block entity id


Data value

dec: 25 hex: 19 bin: 11001


noteblock[until 1.13]
note_block[upcoming 1.13]

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

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]

Playing music[edit | edit source]

Notes[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. The volume of a note block decreases as the player gets further away from it.

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 semitone, with a total of two full octaves (24 semitones) being available to play for each instrument (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, giving the player six octaves (72 semitones) of effective range if the player needs to combine instruments for higher pitch coverage) in 12-tone equal temperament. 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 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.[Java and Legacy Console editions only][until 1.13]

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

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.

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 Sound names
Wooden blocks String bass block.note.bass
Sand, Gravel, Soul Sand, or Concrete Powder Snare drum block.note.snare
Glass blocks Clicks and sticks block.note.hat
Stone-type blocks Bass drum block.note.basedrum
Block of Gold [Java and Legacy Console editions only] Bell block.note.bell
Clay [Java and Legacy Console editions only] Flute block.note.flute
Packed Ice [Java and Legacy Console editions only] Chime block.note.chime
Wool [Java and Legacy Console editions only] Guitar block.note.guitar
Bone Block [Java and Legacy Console editions only] Xylophone block.note.xylophone
Any other blocks Harp/piano block.note.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 button on its side, it does play a note, but is often very difficult to hear since the sound of the button 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.

Making Songs with Note Blocks[edit | edit source]

One of the main uses of note blocks is to make songs. This can be achieved by using repeaters for timing, and note blocks for different pitches.

Fuel[edit | edit source]

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

Data values[edit | edit source]

See also: Block entity format

A note block has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.[until 1.13] The block's block entity ID is noteblock[until 1.13] or note_block[upcoming 1.13].

Block state[edit | edit source]

Name Value Description

 pitch[upcoming 1.13]
0—24The pitch of the note block

 powered[upcoming 1.13]

 instrument[upcoming 1.13]

Video[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

1.2 Added note blocks.
Official release
1.9 15w34a Their power state is now controlled through a tag, and therefore can be controlled independently of any redstone signal.
1.11 16w32a The block entity ID is changed from Music to noteblock.
1.12 17w16a Added sound events (but not the sounds themselves) for additional instruments (bell, chime, flute, guitar, xylophone).
17w17a Added sounds for additional instruments.
1.13 17w47a The ID has been changed from noteblock to note_block.
Noteblocks are no longer block entities and instead are defined by the pitch, powered, and instrument blockstates.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.13.0 build 1 Added note blocks.
0.15.0 build 1 Note blocks can now be moved by pistons.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 1Patch s1Added note blocks.
TU53CU431.49Patch 23Patch s3Added new Note Block sounds.

Issues[edit | edit source]

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Note blocks start at the pitch F♯, which is interesting since there are very few musical instruments tuned to F♯.
  • There is an unused sound called "pling" which is similar to "harp" but sounds more powerful.
  • 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.
  • Because a note block is a type wooden block, when a note block directly on top of another note block is powered, it will sound a string bass.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

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