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Note Block
Note Block.png
Transparent

No

Luminance

0

Blast resistance

4

Tool

Renewable

Yes

Stackable

Yes (64)

Flammable

No, but catches fire from lava

Drops

Itself

Data value

dec: 25 hex: 19 bin: 11001

Namespaced ID

See § Data values

Duncan Geere Mojang avatar.png

Note blocks were added to Minecraft alongside charcoal, lapis lazuli, dispensers, cake and squid in version Beta 1.2, which was released on 13 January 2011. That makes them seven years old, probably older than some of our youngest players. “Right click to tune, trigger to play” were the instructions given in the release notes at the time, which still hold true today. When you hit one or give it a redstone pulse, a little note will pop out of the top and anyone within 48 blocks will hear a sound - with the volume decreasing as you get further away.

Duncan Geere[1]

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

Obtaining[edit]

Note blocks are most quickly broken with an axe.

Block Note Block
Hardness 0.8
Tool
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. For more information, see Haste § Instant mining.

Crafting[edit]

Ingredients Crafting recipe
Any Planks +
Redstone Dust

Usage[edit]

Playing music[edit]

Notes[edit]

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 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,colour notes may not appear) 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.[2][3]

Note blocks cannot be moved by pistons.‌[Legacy Console Edition only]

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

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

Note colors.png

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
Material: Wood Double Bass F♯1–F♯3 block.note_block.bass
Material: Sand, Gravel Snare Drum block.note_block.snare
Material: Glass Clicks and Sticks block.note_block.hat
Material: Stone Bass Drum block.note_block.basedrum
Block of Gold[JE & LCE only] Bell (Glockenspiel) F♯5–F♯7 block.note_block.bell
Clay[JE & LCE only] Flute F♯4–F♯6 block.note_block.flute
Packed Ice[JE & LCE only] Chime F♯5–F♯7 block.note_block.chime
Wool[JE & LCE only] Guitar F♯2–F♯4 block.note_block.guitar
Bone Block[JE & LCE only] Xylophone F♯5–F♯7 block.note_block.xylophone
Block of Iron[JE only] Iron Xylophone (Vibraphone) F♯3–F♯5 block.note_block.iron_xylophone
Soul Sand[JE only] Cow Bell F♯4–F♯6 block.note_block.cow_bell
Pumpkin[JE only] Didgeridoo F♯1–F♯3 block.note_block.didgeridoo
Block of Emerald[JE only] "Bit" (Square wave) F♯3–F♯5 block.note_block.bit
Hay Bale[JE only] Banjo F♯3–F♯5 block.note_block.banjo
Glowstone[JE only] "Pling" (Stronger harp) F♯3–F♯5 block.note_block.pling
Any other blocks Harp / piano F♯3–F♯5 block.note_block.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 very difficult to hear since the sound of the button can overlap the note block.
  • Since note blocks need a 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.

Data values[edit]

ID[edit]

Java Edition:

Block Namespaced ID
Note Block note_block

Bedrock Edition:

Block Namespaced ID Numeric ID
Note Block noteblock 25

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, with only 5(+1) instruments: Harp, Bass, Bass drum, Snare drum, Click.
Pling was also added in the sound files but was unused.
Java Edition
1.3.112w22aInventory sprites for blocks were flipped from left to right, changing to Note Block Revision 1.png.
1.915w34aTheir power state is now controlled through a tag, and therefore can be controlled independently of any redstone signal.
1.1116w32aThe block entity ID is changed from Music to noteblock.
1.1217w16aAdded sound events (but not the sounds themselves) for additional instruments (bell, chime, flute, guitar, xylophone).
17w17aAdded sounds for additional instruments.
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 Change texture of note blocks.
19w09aAdded sounds 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 Changed the texture of note blocks.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1Note Block Revision 1.png Added note blocks.
TU53CU431.49Patch 231.0.3Added new note block sounds.
PlayStation 4 Edition
1.90Note Block.png Changed the texture of note blocks.
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♯, which is interesting since there are very few musical instruments tuned to F♯.
  • Because a note block is a wooden type block, when a note block directly on top of another note block is powered, it will sound a string bass.

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