Beginners need to get start with the basics. The number one mistake beginners make is that they try practicing things that are too difficult. This leads to frustration, feeling overwhelmed, and eventually giving up altogether. For that reason it is important to start slow and be patient with yourself.
Tuning your guitar - Tuning is the first place to start and is often overlooked. The easiest way to tune your guitar is with an electronic tuner. There are a variety of electronic tuners available on the market, but the majority of them basically work the same way. Tuners that clip on the headstock are some of the most convenient tuners you can buy. Just do an internet search for "headstock tuners." It can take a while to fully understand tuning, but the sooner you start, the better off you will be. Use the guide below for a few key concepts to keep in mind when learning to tune the guitar.
Beginner Technique - Developing coordination in both hands is and essential skill for everything you play from here on out. To get the most out of your technical practice, you'll want to go beyond simply going through the motions. When you practice an exercise, start to develop an awareness of the physical sensations in your hands as well as your mental states. How hard do you have to press to get a clear sounding note? How long can you play the exercise before your mind starts to wander? Keep track of your suspected weaknesses and strengths.
Starting to Play Chords - Chords are usually a difficult challenge for beginners. Using a method of breaking down the chords into smaller shapes (less strings and less fingers) beginners can learn to play chords in less time, then gradually increase the difficulty of the chord shapes.
The Major Scale - Along with chords, scales are another key component to music. Scale studies can get pretty complex fairly quickly, so we begin with learning the major scale on a single string. Playing on a single string allows you to get familiar with the concept of half steps and whole steps on the guitar and to learn the sequence of the major scale with greater ease.