Paul Tingen – 'zen' guitarist and author



“Tingen has discovered a new approach to music in general, and the guitar in particular. ”
– John McLaughlin, composer and guitarist.

“Paul is definitely to best music tech interviewer I’ve ever dealt with – a real pro!”
– Bob Clearmountain, legendary mixer.

Miles Beyond is masterfully done. This eye-opening book is a must for all fans of music.” – All About Jazz.


Welcome to my web site! My ‘zen guitarist’ tag was first used in a description of me in the London listings mag Time Out, because my music is in part inspired by the Zen practice of Thich Nhat Hanh. 

I am also an author. In addition to articles and documentary scripts, I have written a widely acclaimed book on the electric music of Miles Davis.

I am an ordained member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing , and have founded several mindfulness meditation groups, including the Heart of London Sangha, the Northern Lights Sangha in Scotland, and the Heart of Practice sangha near Plum Village, Thich Nhat Hanh’s original monastery. I am involved in setting up the Flower Fresh Education center there.

Joey Tingen

My sons Joey and Raphael, 21 and 18, are both musicians. They initially worked together in a duo called +LMNTS (the elements), and released several videos on Youtube, and songs on labels like Dim Mak and LoudKult.

Joey (above) has since gone into a pop/EDM direction and signed to the French Low Wood label, and his streams are going up dramatically. He recently enjoyed hits on Beatport and Soundcloud.

Raphael Yano Tingen

Raphael sings, raps, plays piano, and produces. He released two French rap albums under the name Larizz, and has just finished a great album of new songs, which will be released soon, under the artist name Yano.

My debut album, May The Road Rise To Meet You appeared in 1997. I’ve recently returned to performing, with two concerts at an art exhibition in Thenac, Aquitaine, and work on my second album, Metamorphosis is in progress. The legendary Paul Buckmaster (David Bowie, Elton John) did a string arrangement.

Check out these older videos of me playing my track White Horses, and my arrangement of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. If you like my guitar playing, you can contact me if you’d like guitar lessons, on-line or in person, or would like to book me for performances.

Justin Bieber at the Record Plant

I’ve written articles for dozens of music magazines, and have interviewed many well-known artists, including Sting, Pete Townshend, Gotye, and The Chainsmokers.  I am the main writer for Mix With The Master’s online Filter magazine.

I have also written dozens of music documentary scripts for Warren Huart’s Produce Like A Pro YouTube channel, which have amassed millions of views. Two of my favourites are about Django Reinhardt, and about the legendary Abbey Road, of which the studio’s Head of Communications said, “the storytelling is excellent – I don’t think anyone has told the story in such detail, so this is a real first and will be a wonderful resource for music & production fans.”

My most recent article in Sound On Sound is the magazine’s May 2024 issue, about star producers FNZ. I’ll soon be updating the Music Articles section, but for now you can check out Justin Bieber’s producer Josh Gudwin explaining his role in the creation of the remix of “Despacito,” including the tale of him mixing the track at Miami Airport.