Donovan On teaching guitar technique to Beatles

Songwriter recalls studying Transcendental Meditation with Fab Four

Eric Helton, Max Tiberi

Donovan stopped by the Rolling Stone studio to chat about getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by his friend John Mellencamp and reminisce about teaching John Lennon his distinct finger-picking acoustic guitar technique while studying Transcendental Meditation with the Beatles in India back in 1968. "I used to play acoustic guitar all the time. In fact, Ringo used to say, 'Don, you never stop playing guitar,'" he recalls. "In that nonstop playing, after we meditated, after we ate our health food, after we chased the monkeys off the table, we would play, and as I picked, one day John said, 'How do you do that?'"

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