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Play Drum () for () Beats
Play Drum () for () Beats.png
Category Sound
Type Stack

The Play Drum () for () Beats block is a Sound block and a Stack block. The block will play the specified instrument for the specified amount of seconds using a MIDI drumset. Even though the block uses the word "drum", the choices in the drop-down menu are more than just drums.

This block used to be called Play Drum () for () Secs, but was changed because the length of a beat can now be changed with the Set Tempo by () bpm block.


Unlike sheet music, the block uses numbers to notate rhythm. This table could help when taking a rhythm from music. It shows the beats number values for the most common rhythms in the most common time signatures, interpreted in the most basic ways.

WholeNote.png DottedHalf.png HalfNote.png DottedQuarterNote.png QuarterNote.png QuarterTriplets.png Dotted8th.png 8thNote.png 8thTriplets.png Dotted16th.png 16thNote.png
TimeSig4.png 4 3 2 1.5 1 0.67 0.75 0.5 0.33 0.375 0.25
TimeSig8.png 8 6 4 3 2 1.33 1.5 1 0.67 0.75 0.5
TimeSig2.png 2 1.5 1 0.75 0.5 0.33 0.375 0.25 0.167 0.1875 0.125

Example Uses

As the block plays an instrument, it is widely used when a song is played with the Sound blocks.

Some common uses for the Play Drum () for () Beats block:

  • Easy sound effects (some of the choices in the drop-down menu are sound effects such as a helicopter)
  • Musical projects where you control instruments
  • Creating a song made by blocks

See Also