noteblock Minecraft Block

Minecraft Block

The Note Block is a block that can produce single music notes when hit or powered by redstone . The type of sound produced is dependent on the block immediately below the note block itself. If the block below it is dirt or grass, it will make a piano sound, if its is on any stone related block it will make a bass drum-like sound. If it is any kind of glass, it will be a drumstick like sound, and if it is on any kind of wood or wooden planks, it will make a Bass Guitar sound. Right clicking it changes the pitch by one semitone, yet activating it with redstone won't change the pitch.

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Note Block

First Appearance Beta 1.2 (PC) / 0.13.0 (PE)
Type of Block Solid Block
Stackable? Yes
Tool Used Axe Graphic
Data Values Hex: 19 Dec: 25
Obeys Physics? No
Luminosity No
Transparency No


A Note Block will play a note when hit or when powered by redstone . Redstone current only causes the note to play once, even if it is a continuous current. 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. 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). It is possible to make an automatic note block sequence and its relatively cheap to do in survival. Get a Minecart, Powered rail, and detector rail; you can place the rail and power it. Then put the detector rail down and put Redstone leading to a Note Block. Then simply repeat the process until you have all the Note Blocks you want. Then walk into the Minecart (you don't have to ride it.) Then let the Minecart do the rest; you've got an automatic Note Block song!


In order to wire Note Blocks to play a note, power must be applied to the side of the Note Block using Redstone Dust and a Switch or Redstone Torch, or to the bottom using a redstone torch directly. Simply placing a switch or pressure plate on an adjacent block or providing power to the block beneath the Note Block will not work.

If one wants to get a richer tone in the song/sound they're creating they can bind different notes together into a chord, just like in most instruments. This will not only get a better sound to the song, it will also be simpler to place the Redstone.


  • Note Blocks can only play when there is at least one block of air above them, so you cannot place blocks like torches and signs directly above Note Blocks (including water).
  • In the coding, note blocks are referenced as "music blocks".
  • You can make a doorbell or even replicate a music track using note blocks.

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