Minecraft noteblock sounds

Minecraft noteblock sounds DEFAULT

This article is about the block that produces single musical notes. For the block that plays music discs, see Jukebox.

Note Block JE2 BE2.png

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



Note blocks are most quickly broken with an axe.

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



Playing music[]


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 use-count assignment is shown below,[1][2] along with the note's color, which is rendered with shading using the particle's texture.


(Octave 1)

Use Count Pitch () Color (hex)
F♯/G♭- Fi/Se 0 0.5
G - Sol 1 2^(-11/12) ≈ 0.529732
G♯/A♭- Si/Le 2 2^(-10/12) ≈ 0.561231
A - La 3 2^(-9/12) ≈ 0.594604
A♯/B♭- Li/Te 4 2^(-8/12) ≈ 0.629961
B - Ti 5 2^(-7/12) ≈ 0.667420
C - Do 6 2^(-6/12) ≈ 0.707107
C♯/D♭- Di/Ra 7 2^(-5/12) ≈ 0.749154
D - Re 8 2^(-4/12) ≈ 0.793701
D♯/E♭- Ri/Me 9 2^(-3/12) ≈ 0.840896
E - Mi 10 2^(-2/12) ≈ 0.890899
F - Fa 11 2^(-1/12) ≈ 0.943874
F♯/G♭- Fi/Se 12 1.0

(Octave 2)

Use Count Pitch () Color (hex)
F♯/G♭- Fi/Se 12 1.0
G - Sol 13 2^(1/12) ≈ 1.059463
G♯/A♭- Si/Le 14 2^(2/12) ≈ 1.122462
A - La 15 2^(3/12) ≈ 1.189207
A♯/B♭- Li/Te 16 2^(4/12) ≈ 1.259921
B - Ti 17 2^(5/12) ≈ 1.334840
C - Do 18 2^(6/12) ≈ 1.414214
C♯/D♭- Di/Ra 19 2^(7/12) ≈ 1.498307
D - Re 20 2^(8/12) ≈ 1.587401
D♯/E♭- Ri/Me 21 2^(9/12) ≈ 1.681793
E - Mi 22 2^(10/12) ≈ 1.781797
F - Fa 23 2^(11/12) ≈ 1.887749
F♯/G♭- Fi/Se 24 2.0

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 ). 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.

Block Instrument RangeSound 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

Any other blocks

Harp / pianoF♯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.


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


Java Edition:

Bedrock Edition:

SoundSourceDescriptionResource locationVolumePitch
?BlocksOnce the block has broken1.00.8
?BlocksFalling on the block with fall damage0.41.0
?BlocksWhile the block is in the process of being broken0.230.5
?BlocksJumping from the block0.121.0
?BlocksFalling on the block without fall damage0.181.0
?BlocksWalking on the block0.31.0
?BlocksWhen the block is placed1.00.8

Data values[]


Java Edition:

NameResource locationFormTranslation key
Note BlockBlock & Item

Bedrock Edition:

NameResource locationNumeric ID FormTranslation key
Note BlockBlock & Item
NameSavegame ID
Block entity

Block states[]

See also: Block states

Java Edition:

NameDefault valueAllowed valuesDescription

The instrument of the note block.

The pitch of the note block
True 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.


Java Edition Beta
1.2Note Block JE1 BE1.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
1.0.0Beta 1.9 Prerelease 6Note blocks are now broken faster using an axe.
1.915w34aThe power state of note blocks is now controlled through the tag, and therefore can now be controlled independently of any redstone signal.
1.1116w32aThe blockentity ID of note blocks has been changed from to .
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 to .
Note blocks are no longer blockentities and instead are defined by the , , and block states.
As note blocks are no longer block entities, they can now be pushed by pistons.
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Minecraft: How To Use Note Blocks

By Jacqueline Zalace


Become the musical maestro of Minecraft with the help of some note blocks.

In Minecraft, you can pretty much make anything that you can think of, including songs. With the right placement of note blocks, you can create your favorite songs, or even something original!

With the 1.2 update way back in 2011, the note block was introduced, and even though they've been around for ten years, and they are still tricky to use. Making a full note block song takes a lot of determination.

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Note blocks are a bit difficult to start using though, so in this guide, we are going to go over some basics. Here, you will learn how to craft them, as well as set the pitch and instrument, and finally how to construct a basic song.

How To Craft Note Blocks

To craft a note block, all you need is 8 wooden planks and 1 redstone. It's pretty simple, and you will probably be able to craft one pretty quickly.

Arrange them as shown, with the redstone in the middle square of the grid and the planks around it.

Additionally, you are able to craft the note block with different types of wooden planks — they don't have to be the same type of wood.

Setting Notes

The piano chart above can be overwhelming if you don't know much about music, so let's break it down simply.

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A note block has 24 different pitch options. The pitch can be changed by right-clicking on the block. As you click on the block, you will notice that the color of the note changes. For example, the note in the image above is red. This means that it is the seventh pitch (or C#).

Left-clicking on a note block will play the tone, without changing the pitch. Combining these pitches can make chords, and they can be strung together to make a tune. Playing these note blocks manually will take a while though. To make a functioning song, you will need to include redstone. 

Redstone can sound daunting if you haven't worked with it before, but we are going to go over how to create a simple redstone contraption to play a song.

Combine Note Blocks with Redstone to Play Them

As mentioned above, redstone is essential when creating a note block song. To power the blocks, you need a 'switch'. Let's take a look at the simple redstone setup in the image above. When the pressure plate is activated, the redstone on the ground will go through the repeater and then play the note block. In this situation, the repeater is unnecessary, however, they are important for making a song with different tempos and rhythms.

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A repeater is essentially a device that repeats a redstone circuit. When using a repeater with note blocks, they play multiple notes in a row and create different tempos. If you just have note blocks connected with redstone dust, only the first note will play because the redstone can't 'loop' to the next block.

There are four positions on a repeater, which basically delay the signal based on the setting. Make sure the repeater is vertical with the note block, as shown above. If you place the repeater sideways, it will not work.

In the example above, we have seven note blocks connected with repeaters set in the first position. When the pressure plate is activated, the notes will play quickly after one another. Changing the repeater to a different position will delay the next tone, creating different note lengths (quarter notes, eighth notes, etc.).

If you don't know much about music, it's okay. Knowing how to read sheet music may help you quickly find the notes to a song, but there are plenty of resources that write out note names. For practice, try creating a note block song of Mary Had A Little Lamb. This song isn't too exciting, but it only has a few different notes (C, D, E, and G), which is perfect for beginners.

For the first two lines of the song, tune the blocks to these notes: E, D, C, D, E, E, E, D, D, D, E, E, E.

Fortunately, there are plenty of online tutorials for creating different note block songs, like this tutorial by Jon0201 Musicraft on YouTube, where you can learn to make a Wii Sports 'doorbell.' By pressing one button, you can have the Wii Sports tune in Minecraft. The tutorial goes over each note you need, and how to set up the repeaters.

How to Make Different Instrument Sounds

Placing a note block on certain blocks will create different sounds. The sounds are of different instruments, so you're able to create a song that sounds more 'full,' rather than just having one instrument. Below are the instruments available through different types of blocks.

  • Wood: String Bass
  • Sand, Gravel: Snare Drum
  • Glass: Clicks (Hi-hat)
  • Stone (any dense 'rock' material): Bass Drum
  • Block of Gold: Bells
  • Clay, Honeycomb: Flute
  • Packed Ice: Chimes
  • Wool: Guitar
  • Bone Block: Xylophone
  • Block of Iron: Vibraphone
  • Soul Sand: Cowbell
  • Pumpkin: Digeridoo
  • Block of Emerald: Bit
  • Hay Bale: Banjo
  • Glowstone: Electric Piano
  • Any Other Block: Piano

Because the sound can be changed by the blocks placed underneath, you will want to plan accordingly. For example, a soul sand area might look cool, but the chosen song may sound weird with a cowbell. Overall, you can choose whatever sound you want. To start with your note block learning experience, it is best to just use dirt, so you will get a clear piano sound.

Now, you should have a basic understanding of how note blocks work! With practice, you will be able to create masterpieces.

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How to create a note block song in Minecraft

Creating note block music is an extremely fun way to spend time in Minecraft. Note blocks are extremely versatile, and players can create an entire song with a simple redstone configuration.

Note blocks make different noises depending on the block that they are sitting on. This is what allows players to add drums, bass, flutes, and even guitars to their note block orchestra.

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How to create music with note blocks in Minecraft

Block sounds

Note blocks make different noises depending on the block that they are sitting on. (Image via aminoapps)

As stated above, a note block will produce a different sound depending on the block that it is on top of.

Each of these sounds and their corresponding Minecraft blocks are listed below:

  • Bass: wood (any type), mushroom, daylight sensor, banner, sign, note block
  • Bass drum: stone (any type), bricks, nettherack, magma block, purpur block, concrete, nether quartz
  • Bell: block of gold
  • Chime: packed ice
  • Clicks and sticks: glass (any type), sea lantern
  • Flute: clay block
  • Guitar: wool
  • Snare drum: sand, gravel, concrete powder
  • Xylophone: bone block
  • Iron Xylophone: block of iron
  • Cowbell: soul sand
  • Didgeridoo: pumpkin
  • Bit: block of emerald
  • Banjo: hay bale
  • Pling: glow stone
  • Piano: any other block (dirt, piston, rail)

While players can create note block music with only one type of sound, they are highly recommended to combine different sounds to make their song more interesting.

The video below showcases the sound of each note block in Minecraft.

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Creating music

A repeating note block song made with a minecart (Image via mccreate.fandom)

Once a note block is hit, it will create a default noise. This noise can be tweaked by right-clicking the note block once or multiple times. This needs to be done to create a song with different notes.

As seen in the image above, the player uses a looping minecart to repeatedly make noise using the note blocks. This is a great technique for players who want their note block song to loop. However, this is not the only technique that can be used.

To use the other technique, Minecraft players must understand how a redstone repeater works. These repeaters essentially delay a redstone signal. This is important since each note block will play at the same time if they are not used.

Players can test this out by placing a few note blocks in a line (spread out by one block). They can send a redstone signal to each of them without repeaters and then add repeaters to see the difference.

With redstone repeaters, different block types, note blocks, and a little patience, players can create amazing songs that will impress even the most hardcore of Minecrafters.

The video above is a tutorial on how to recreate the Crab Rave song with note blocks.

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