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 pro-audio interviewer I’ve ever dealt with – a real pro!”
– Bob Clearmountain, mixer.


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.

Raphael and Joey Tingen

My sons Joey and Raphael, 18 and 15, have to date released eight videos on Youtube, and on streaming and digital sales sites around the world. They call themselves +LMNTS, aka The Elements, and have management and recently signed a record deal. 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 at the top of this page 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! I will be posting individual tracks as and when recordings are completed. The legendary Paul Buckmaster (David Bowie, Elton John) did a string arrangement.

Justin Bieber at the Record Plant

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.

My current Inside Track in the June issue of Sound on Sound magazine is about Jesse Ray Ernster’s mix of the Burna Boy album Twice as Tall. My current article in the Australian magazine Audio Technology is an interview with Tyron Hapi about creating and mixing Masked Wolf’s Astronauts in the Ocean track.

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.

Additional screen shots and photos of recent Inside Tracks will be posted of recordings by Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift, Machine Gun Kelly, Pop Smoke, Lady Gaga, Doja Cat, The Kid Laroi, Dual Lipa, Selena Gomez, The Beatles, Lana del Rey, The Chainsmokers, Seeb, Shawn Mendes, Coldplay, Justin Bieber, Panic! At The Disco, Rod Stewart, Muse, and more.