01313deadenddrive 10 years ago well, if you are serious about learning, you should take lessons. if you want to just causally play, then you can pick up some beginner books.. try the hal leonard guitar basics series. there are three books, the best deal is the 3 books with the cds, and it is about 25 dollars. Guitar for dummies works too, but there is A LOT more reading. Hal Leonard is definately the best for beginners, and if you decide to move on, you can buy other books in their series for lead guitar, jazz guitar, etc.