One of the great things about playing the guitar is that, since it is such a popular instrument, there are thousands upon thousands of books, papers, manuals, and websites devoted to helping you learn how to play. Regardless of what kind of music you are into, there are nearly unlimited resources available to take you where you want to go; the only determining factor is you and the time you would like to invest.
As the year progresses, I will let you know about more and more resources, websites, and downloads, to make your practicing fun and worthwhile.
ChordBook: This site includes instructions for tuning, playing chords, and playing scales, all in a compact, interactive format that is easy to follow. Select a chord, and the site plays it for you. Select a scale, and you get to see and hear all of the notes. Go to the tuning page, and you get great pitch references for all of the strings. We will be referring to this site a lot in class.