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.


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. You can listen to my music on this site, and if you like it, please purchase the tracks you’ve enjoyed, or the entire album from which they came. Check out the Music page and the New Music column to the right for what’s new.

A large part of this site contains my interviews with artists, engineers, and/or producers that cannot elsewhere be found on-line in the English language. I’ve also written a book on the electric music of Miles Davis, and articles on other subjects than music. All these find their home in the Words section of this site. Check the New Words column to the far right for what’s new.

This web site has been beautifully and expertly designed by Nicole Dreyer.


My debut album, May The Road Rise To Meet You appeared in 1997, and its follow-up, Metamorphosis, will be released later this year, a whopping 16 years later. I will be posting individual tracks as and when recordings are completed. The legendary Paul Buckmaster (David Bowie, Elton John) has done a string arrangement, and Joe Chiccarelli (White Stripes, My Morning Jacket) is also helping out.

I’ve also arranged and played a guitar part for a section in a new documentary movie, The Secret Of The Five Powers, about the peace efforts of Thich Nhat Hanh and others during the Vietnam war. I’ll soon also be uploading videos of me playing classical guitar pieces, and you can contact me if you’d like guitar lessons, on-line or in person, or would like to book me for performances..

Joanna Newsom

The new featured article in this section is an interview with Noah Georgeson on his work on Joanna Newsom’s album Divers.

Also in the music articles section an exclusive interview with the legendary Russell Elevado about the 13-year making of D’Angelo’s long-awaited Black Messiah.

My current Inside Track in the June 2016 issue of Sound on Sound magazine is about the making of Lukas Graham’s megahit “7 Years.” Addition screen shots of the session will be posted soon, as will be screen shots of sessions by Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Panic! At The Disco, Rod Stewart, Muse, and many more.

Coming up also are articles on the making and/or mixing of tracks and albums by Macklemore & Lewis, Keith Richards, Neil Young, Of Mice and Men, FKA twigs, Lana del Rey, Beck, Michael Jackson, Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Elvis Costello & The Roots, Keith Richards, Neil Young, and Blur.