Desire to Learn
The first thing you need is a desire to learn to play guitar. Obviously you have this to a certain degree or you would be reading this article. You need more than a casual thought that playing guitar would be cool. This casual thought will just leave you with a guitar setting in the closet or in the corner. Understand that at first your fingers will be sore from pressing the strings, it will seem impossible to move from chord to chord, and the music you’re playing will not seem to sound correct. You have to decide that you want to play. Play through the sore fingers; the soreness will stop. Play through the difficulty moving from chord to chord; it will get easier. Keep playing the music; it will start to sound better. Have that desire to learn.
Buy a Guitar
The second thing you need is a guitar. This can be an acoustic or electric guitar. Each has their own good and bad points but the most important thing is to get the type that will keep you motivated to play. If you want to play rock guitar, an electric may be best. If you want to play country, an acoustic could be best. It all depends on the sound you want.
There is a large variety of brands, styles and prices that are available. Which one should you buy? Whether you get an acoustic or an electric, a dreadnought or a strat, Gibson or Martin; buy a good middle of the road priced guitar ($300-$600). Do NOT get the $49 dollar special because you will be disappointed. The higher priced guitars are an option but you can always upgrade later. A middle of the road guitar will give you good sound and you will usually be able to get your money back if you decide to upgrade. While you can always find good prices at online stores, you should visit your local guitar store to hear several different guitars being played.
Something to Play
The third thing you need is something to play. Most of the time, this is a series of lessons that you can get from Amazon.com Guitars and Accessories, many online sources or a local guitar instructor. In the future, Beginner Guitar Made Easy will also offer lessons. Until then, please make use of these other sources. You can also start learning chords and notes that will allow you to start playing songs and start conditioning your fingers.
Now all you need to do is to get started.