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It kind of sounds like vibrato.

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    More interesting to me is the use of the rest signs in bars 25, 26 and 27.
    – Tim
    Nov 12, 2022 at 16:20
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    @Tim it's flamenco rhythm observing the grouping of straight 4/4.
    – phoog
    Nov 12, 2022 at 16:54
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    @phoog - I thought 4/4 timing needed the bar to be divided into 2 halves. With a crotchet rest instead of two quaver rests, it would still do just that.
    – Tim
    Nov 14, 2022 at 15:11
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    @Tim it's not universal practice, of course, but modern notational style avoids quarter rests starting on the offbeat. I find it really confusing here, though, because it makes the first 3/8 of the measure look different from the second 3/8 of the measure when it would be better for them to look similar. Not only are the rests different, but also the amount of horizontal space. Very confusing!
    – phoog
    Nov 14, 2022 at 15:44

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It's a horse-like whinny. Like the one the trumpet does in 'Sleigh Ride'.

Or here's another clarinet example:

The wavy line is pretty descriptive, but doesn't specifically notate that effect. You'd need a few words of instruction as well.

  • Thanks. Would you have any idea on how to do that on clarinet? Nov 15, 2022 at 0:31

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