Yes. Practicing at home regularly is a must in order to have success with playing guitar. It is possible to rent equipment, but there are many affordable options. Whether you are looking for an electric, acoustic or classical guitar, I can help make an appropriate recommendation.
I recommend that each student choose the guitar type that interests them most. Electric guitars are a bit easier to play but require an amp. Acoustic guitars are a bit tougher on the fingers but that is quickly overcome with enough practice. Classical guitars have nylon strings which are easier to press down but they have a wider neck. These are typically used for finger-style playing (i.e. classical, flamenco).
A standard shaped pick will suffice for most. Start with a light to medium gauge (0.5 - 0.75 mm).
For classical guitar, it is ideal to have fingernails and learn how to shape them to generate the best tone and to produce a loud enough sound. This is not absolutely necessary though, but strongly recommended. For acoustic or electric finger-style playing (different style from classical), it is better to not have fingernails as the steel strings will tear the nail.
This is not too important. If you like the guitar and it sounds great, then you are good to go. There are so many options available. Some trusted names are Fender, Gibson, Taylor, Seagull, Ibanez, Gretsch, Breedlove, Yamaha, etc.
I recommend a minimum of 3 separate 30 minute practice sessions per week. This is just a minimum though. Your practice will increase as your enjoyment of playing grows. If you are just starting out, be careful and don't burn yourself out by practicing too much. What is important is how effectively you practice and acknowledging every improvement. Learning guitar will present challenges, but mindful practice and guidance will get you where you want to be.
That is OK. Come to your lesson and we will pick up where we left off. It is better to reinforce material than to not attend. You will not be wasting your or my time and we will have plenty of material to discuss and work on.
Have set days and times for your practice. Have a goal for each practice session. Set a timer (30 minutes - 1 hour) and when the time is up, move on to something else. Focus on specific concepts instead of trying to plow through everything each practice session.
There are tons of ideas/techniques to learn on guitar. Everyone will have a moment when they think it is too hard for them. This is not true. It just takes a great attitude, persistence and patience.
Have patience and leave your ego at the door. Guitar is tougher than it seems and it is easy to trick yourself into having unrealistic expectations. Just stick with it, acknowledge your improvements along the way and enjoy the process, and you will soon be rewarded with a lifetime of enjoyment. Oh, and PRACTICE! (That is more like 3 tips. Oops!)
Simply put, the best music to learn is the music that you enjoy the most.
The ability to read music is empowering. It can put any music at your fingertips. It teaches you a lot about how music is created as well as unlocks the guitar's maze of notes. I highly recommend learning to read music but it takes honest effort and lots of patience. As always, it is up to the student, of course.
There is a lot that goes into music and the guitar is a very dynamic instrument with many possibilities. There are easy concepts to learn, as well as intermediate and advanced concepts. It depends on what you hope to accomplish. If you put the practice time in, you will be successful without a doubt. I make sure I give my students level-appropriate material and I also expose them to many varied concepts. It is not ideal to wait for things to be "perfect", whatever that means. You just want to keep consistently practicing, learning and enjoying the journey!
A modified system of "reading" notes that is specific to the guitar. There are 6 lines (strings) and the numbers on the lines represent the fret numbers. TAB has its place but the main limiting factors are that you won't know what notes you are playing and also the complete absence of rhythm. That being said, it has a lot of utility in certain circumstances.
Those are tough questions but I will have to go with Led Zeppelin and a Gibson ES-175.