Hey there future guitar god. Darrin Goodman here with some advice for guitar beginners to get you started on your guitar journey. This information is from personal experiences and opinions on learning to play the guitar.
Equipment: Over the years I have heard many people say that you should start out on an acoustic guitar rather than an electric. I don’t believe that is necessarily true. I personally think that you can learn on either one and depending on what your goals are one maybe better than the other to start on. You don’t have to start out on the best most expensive guitar at your local store either, but you also don’t want to start out on a piece of junk either. There are plenty of great electric and acoustic guitars that are inexpensive that are great guitars. The last thing you want is to try and learn on a guitar that is difficult to play and wont stay in tune.
Lessons: When it comes to lessons there are more choices now than in any other time. You can take private lessons, group lessons and online lessons over services such as Skype. There are also great instructional DVDs; GuitarControl.com has a big variety of great DVD courses available.
There are also a lot of great lessons on YouTube. GuitarControl.com has a great YouTube channel with free lessons from many instructors including yours truly.
What to learn: When learning, regardless of how you go about it, remember that you have to learn to crawl before you can run. Starting out with the basics may seem boring, but you will benefit from it in the long run. There are many fundamental techniques and concepts that will help you get started and you will use for a lifetime.