If you are learning from scratch, then as a suggestion pick up the Learning Maya Book, http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Autod...4810662&sr=1-1
I thoroughly recommend this book for all beginners...I used it back in the Maya 2.5 and 3 days, back in the day when I was a wee lad!
Its worth just to sit down by yourself and go at your own pace. I think if you are asking someone to teach you then they will want paying for their time for sure, I know I would. the free tutorials are cool here but Im not overly sure how basic they are in terms of teaching from scratch.
the book will take you thru the tools one at a time yet combine them in such a way that you'll use them over a series of projects. basic extrusions through to modelling and texturing
for 44bucks its a small price to pay for some seriously good and basic knowledge