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I'm assuming your question is in regard to the small 16th notes. These are called grace notes and should be performed quickly before the in-time placement of the note each one precedes. They should also be slurred to the notes they embellish - again, that's the note each one precedes. In jazz and popular styles of music, these notes often are performed to blend in with the tone they embellish. In some instances, a slight lip bend would be appropriate to help them blend in, especially when the grace note approaches the tone from below - you just have to weigh the style of the piece and use good taste. This may be slightly different than a classical interpretation where the grace notes should be performed cleanly with accuracy.

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