You watch what this man has to show you. Never seen him in tournaments but his shit pretty much took me from mashing fierce buttons to knowing how to play in a week.
Anyway, there are a few things you need to learn. First of all, DO NOT start the game with Urien, he’s one of the hardest people to play. Akuma would be fine, just know that he takes and does more damage than pretty much everyone else, and adjusting to someone else may take some work. Really, I’d recommend starting the game with Chun Li. Slowly teach yourself these things, semi in order:
All the moves. Be able to do them whenever you need to. When you first learn the games, you have to think about HOW to do something, then do it, you need to get to the point where you don’t think about how to do a dragonpunch (forward, down, down-forward) and just do it. From instinct.
Learn on an arcade stick, controllers are inferior in pretty much every aspect and alot of tourney play is on arcade cabenits. If you learn on a controller like I did then have to transfer to a stick, it’s hard.
Learn your characters combos, about cancelling, links and super-cancelling. For this, watch thongboys tutorial video #1. He pretty muh sums that up. If you really want to get this down, simply get Ryu with SA1 (Super Art 1) and practice doing a hadoken super-cancelled into SA1.
Once you are that far, try out all the characters, find one that suits you best. I use Dudley and Hugo, although I went through twelve, elena and ibuki to arrive at these two. Try to ideally get two and stick with them.
Once you have your characters, the character forums and practice do the rest.