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.


Happy 2018 and 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. Plus I am currently ghost-writing someone’s autobiography. Many of these topics find their home in the Words section of this site. Check the Words column on the far right for what’s new.

The Elements

My two sons, still only 15 and 12, have to date released four videos on Youtube, and three tracks on streaming and digital sales sites around the world. They call themselves The Elements, and they have already attracted the attention of some of the world’s top people. You can find more information on them and all their videos on this page.

In addition, I’ve also begun creating videos to go with my own guitar music, which you can find here. 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.

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 21 years later! I will be posting individual tracks as and when recordings are completed. The legendary Paul Buckmaster (David Bowie, Elton John) did a string arrangement.


The newest addition to the Music Articles sees 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.

Coming up in the Music Article section articles on the making and/or mixing of tracks and albums by The War On Drugs, The Weeknd, The XX, Dan Auerbach, Macy Gray, Beyoncé, Rufus Wainwright, 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.

My current Inside Track in the January issue of Sound on Sound magazine is about Nashville mixer Billy Decker and his super-fast mixing approach. Also in the Mix Resources section, as a reminder of what really makes America great, additional photos and screen shots of the Hamilton musical soundtrack.

Additional screen shots and photos of recent Inside Tracks will be posted soon, including of recordings by The Beatles, Lana del Rey, The Chainsmokers, Seeb, Shawn Mendes, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Panic! At The Disco, Rod Stewart, Muse, and more.