Hi @mdball1906 and welcome on board! :)
This is my advice. First of all, read Overview of the SharePoint Framework and proceed with all the steps of the menu on the left, including the subheadings of course.
Here you can find official tutorial and training material.
You can also follow a generic course of TypeScript / React, before starting with SPFx.
Finally, follow community events, PnP Community calls, etc: here you can find some reference SharePoint community (this blog is part of community suggestions :) )
Let me know if you need anything specific.