UkePrints – Bryan Tolentino – Pu’uanahulu

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Bryan Tolentino

Ka 'Ukulele Lele
Ka ‘Ukulele Lele

Today we are visited by ‘ukulele player Bryan Tolentino. Bryan is an avid ‘ukulele advocate both as a player and a teacher. Growing up with The Son’s of Hawaii and The Sunday Manoa playing in his ear, Bryan decided to take up the ‘ukulele at the age of 10. After graduating from St. Louis School, Bryan continued playing with The Side Order Band (Asa Young, Chris Kamaka, Del Beazley, and Jake Shimabukuro) until life took them in different directions. Bryan since then has released a solo album titled Ka ‘Ukulele Lele and recently recorded an album with Herb Ohta. Jr. called ‘Ukulele Friends.

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Bryan Tolentino, Herb Ohta Jr, and Jake Shimabukuro

Here we have Bryan joined by former Side Order Band members Del Beazley and Chris Kamaka at the 40th Annual Roy Sakuma ‘Ukulele Festival in 2010. Featured on Ka ‘Ukulele Lele, the guys play a beautiful rendition of the Hawaiian classic, Pu’uanahulu. Bryan opens up the tune with some beautiful fingerpicking and tremelo style strumming. As the other instruments enter Bryan begins playing the memorable melody using double stops to travel up and down the neck. This style of playing is reminisce of slack key guitar players and even distinctive of Hawaiian and Country music.

UkePrints is a curated playlist of some essential ukulele tracks that all ukulele player should listen to. These songs have left a legacy for future players and in essence, sound impressions of the ‘ukulele or what I like to call them: UkePrints.

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