How To Learn The Basics Of Guitar
1. Decide what style of guitar you want to play. Do you want to play classical, spanish, or something like modern guitar. Acoustic, electric, or base? As a guitar player of 7 years, I can say that acoustic is definitely my favorite guitar to play.
2. Decide If you want to learn songs from tablature, or notes? Tablature is definitely the easiest thing to learn songs on. Basically, in tablature the number specifies which fret on the guitar should be played. The line specifies which string. Along with tablature you can often find youtube videos to assist you in your playing.
3. Realize this isn't going to be an easy task. Before you can play anything major you absolutely must learn the basics, and have practiced them over and over again until mastery. It will get irritating, and you will get sick of it, BUT the payoff is so much more worth it.
4. I would start by learning powerchords, chords, and small tunes. The very first song I ever learned on guitar was greensleeves. It was also a very hard one to learn on guitar as well, but now I can play it almost perfectly about 7 years later.
5. Practice at least 15 minutes a day. Just pick it up when you're bored. You don't have to work too hard because then you'll just stress yourself out and get discouraged. In the beginning its mostly about building up your finger dexterity and flexibility. Scales will help with this as well as some finger excersizes.
6. Joining a class or club in playing guitar will help inspire you to play more. It will also introduce you to different kinds of music that you might come to enjoy. It isn't required but its highly recommended.
Guitar is something, if you keep at it, that you will do for the rest of your life. Eventually you will become so good that you just don't want to stop.