If you're asking "is this real", you're starting off on the wrong foot. If you don't believe something's real or will work- it won't, simply put. I.e, a self fulfilling prophecy.
Some good ways to get started? Do some studying and read up a bit. There are "the basics", which are common things most people tend to learn first before progressing. Utilize the forums and search bar to read up on all that. Find what your interests are, then study them and work up to practicing.