Note Block

Note Block

【Minecraft】音ブロックで「Astronomia (Coffin Dance meme) Ver.Piano」 /noteblock/音ブロ/マインクラフト
【Minecraft】音ブロックで「Astronomia (Coffin Dance meme) Ver.Piano」 /noteblock/音ブロ/マインクラフト

A note block is a block that emits sounds when attacked, used or powered with redstone. The sound produced can be altered in various ways by using it or putting certain blocks directly above or below it. A note block’s sound played repeatedly can be used to direct allays to stay nearby and drop collected items near it.


Natural generation

Note blocks generate in ancient cities.


Note blocks are most quickly broken with an axe.

BlockNote Block
Breaking time[A]
  1. ↑ Times are for unenchanted tools as wielded by players with no status effects, measured in seconds. For more information, see Breaking § Speed.


IngredientsCrafting recipe
Any Planks +

Redstone Dust


Playing music


A note block being triggered and playing a note.

Note blocks play a musical note when hit (pressing the attack button) or powered by redstone. A note block must have air in the space directly 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. The sound of note blocks (as well as jukeboxes) can be independently controlled by the Jukebox/Note Blocks slider in the audio settings.

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 the use button on the block increases the note pitch up a semitone, with a total of two full octaves and a semitone (25 semitones in total) 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 string bass and didgeridoo are 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 use-count assignment is shown below,[1][2] along with the note’s color, which is rendered with shading using the particle’s texture.

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Alternatively, there is a graphical version available:

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

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.


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.

Mob heads

When a mob head is placed on top of a note block, the sound made by the note block will instead be that of the corresponding mob’s ambient sound, with the exception of the creeper head, which instead causes the note block to play the primed sound.[upcoming: JE 1.20]

BlockInstrumentRangeSound event names (Java)Sound event names (Bedrock)
Material: WoodBass (String Bass)F♯1–F♯3
Material: Sand, Gravel, Concrete PowderSnare Drum
Material: Glass, Sea Lantern, BeaconClicks and Sticks (Hihat)
Material: Stone, Blackstone, Netherrack, Nylium, Obsidian, Quartz, Sandstone, Ores, Bricks, Corals, Respawn Anchor, Bedrock, Concrete, ObserverBass Drum (Kick)
Block of GoldBells (Glockenspiel)F♯5–F♯7
Clay, Honeycomb Block[Bedrock Edition only] [3], Infested Block[Bedrock Edition only]FluteF♯4–F♯6
Packed IceChimesF♯5–F♯7
Bone BlockXylophoneF♯5–F♯7
Block of IronIron Xylophone (Vibraphone)F♯3–F♯5
Soul SandCow BellF♯4–F♯6
Block of Emerald“Bit” (Square wave)F♯3–F♯5
Hay BaleBanjoF♯3–F♯5
Glowstone“Pling” (Electric piano)F♯3–F♯5
Skeleton Skull“Skeleton”
Wither Skeleton Skull“Wither Skeleton”
Player HeadSound event set in note_block_soundDependentDependent
Zombie Head“Zombie”
Creeper Head“Creeper”
Piglin Head“Piglin”
Dragon Head“Ender Dragon”
Any other blocksHarp / pianoF♯3–F♯5

Powering note blocks

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.

Interaction with allays

If an allay hears a note block play within 16 blocks of its location, it tries to path find to the note block and then spends 30 seconds around that particular note block, seeking items around it and returning them to it instead of its player. After 30 seconds, the allay returns to targeting its player. A vibration particle emanates from the note block and reaches the allay to indicate the allay has locked on to the note block. Because the allay and the note block interact via a vibration particle, placing wool between the note block and the allay can prevent this interaction.

  How to craft note block in Minecraft


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


SoundSubtitlesSourceDescriptionResource locationTranslation keyVolumePitchAttenuation


Block brokenBlocksOnce the block has broken1.00.816
Block placedBlocksWhen the block is placed1.00.816
Block breakingBlocksWhile the block is in the process of being broken0.250.516
None[sound 1]Entity-DependentFalling on the block with fall damageNone[sound 1]0.50.7516
FootstepsEntity-DependentWalking on the block0.151.016
SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
BlocksOnce the block has broken1.00.8-1.0
BlocksWhen the block is placed1.00.8
BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being broken0.230.5
PlayersFalling on the block with fall damage0.41.0
PlayersWalking on the block0.31.0
PlayersJumping from the block0.121.0
PlayersFalling on the block without fall damage0.181.0

Data values


NameIdentifierFormTranslation key
Note BlockBlock & Item
NameIdentifierNumeric IDFormItem ID[i 1]Translation key
Note BlockBlock & Giveable Item[i 2]Identical[i 3]
NameSavegame ID
Block entity

Block states

NameDefault valueAllowed valuesDescription
instrumentThe instrument of the note block.
noteThe pitch of the note block
poweredTrue if the note block is currently activated.

Block data

In Bedrock Edition, a note block has a block entity associated with it that holds additional data about the block.

See Bedrock Edition level format/Block entity format.


IconAchievementIn-game descriptionActual requirements (if different)Gamerscore earnedTrophy type (PS4)
Birthday songHave an Allay drop a cake at a noteblock.Tame an allay by giving it a cake while having dropped cake items and play a noteblock nearby.10GBronze


IconAdvancementIn-game descriptionParentActual requirements (if different)Resource location
Birthday SongHave an Allay drop a Cake at a Note BlockYou’ve Got a Friend in MeGive an allay a cake and then use a note block to make the allay drop the cake at a note block.

This is a hidden advancement, meaning that it can be viewed by the player only after completing it, regardless if one or more of its child advancements have been completed.


Java Edition Beta
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
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Note blocks are now broken faster using an axe.
1.2.4releaseSpruce planks, birch planks, and jungle planks can now be used to craft note blocks. planks and dark oak planks can now be used to craft note blocks.
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.
1.1317w47aNote blocks can now be pushed by pistons.
19w09aAdded sounds to note blocks for additional instruments (iron xylophone, cow bell, didgeridoo, bit, banjo), and implemented the “Pling” instrument into the game.
1.1620w06aCrimson planks and warped planks can now be used to craft note blocks.
1.1922w11aMangrove planks can now be used to craft note blocks.
22w13aNote blocks now generate as part of ancient cities.
Note blocks can now only be silenced with wool or wool carpets on top.
22w15aThe change to note block silencing mentioned above for 22w13a has now been reverted.


22w42aHeads can now be placed on note blocks to play the respective mob sound.
23w03aHeads can now be placed on note blocks without sneaking.
Pocket Edition Alpha
v0.13.0build 1
v0.15.0build 1Note blocks can now be moved by pistons.
Bedrock Edition
1.13.0beta all new note block sounds from Java Edition 1.12 and 1.14.
Wild Update (experimental)beta note block played near an allay becomes its favorite note block for 30 seconds.
Placing a block on top of a note block no longer mutes it, with the exception of wool blocks.
1.19.0beta previous change has been reverted.
Next Major Update


beta can now be placed on note blocks to play the respective mob sound.
Legacy Console Edition
TU1CU11.0Patch 11.0.1
TU53CU431.49Patch 231.0.3Added new note block sounds.
New Nintendo 3DS Edition
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Data history

Java Edition
1.915w34aThe power state of note blocks is now controlled through the
1.1116w32aThe block entity ID of note blocks has been changed from
1.1317w47aThe 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.


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


  • Because a note block is a wooden type block, a note block directly on top of another one produces a string bass sound when powered.
  • In Java Edition, note blocks have the second highest number of possible block state combinations, at 800[until 1.20] or 1150[upcoming: 1.20], beating fire’s 512 and behind redstone dust’s 1296.
  • In Creative mode, the only way to hit a note block to play it without breaking it or changing its pitch is by doing so while holding a sword.


See also

  • Tutorials/Redstone music
  • Tutorials/Redstone music/Doorbell
  • Jukebox
  • Minecraft Note Block Studio – A music editor for Minecraft.


External links

  • Block of the Week: Note Block – on June 1, 2018
  • Search YouTube for the many songs played on note blocks

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