Getting an error during installation when adding the database:
SQLSTATE  Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES)
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am able to access MYSQL from the command line and, to the best of my checking, root has full access.
sounds like a phpmyadmin problem, you can have a look at http://ccm.net/faq/673-phpmyadmin-access-denied-for-user-root-localhost#q=phpMyAdmin+-+1045+-+Access...
As a new person attempting to learn about Magento and install I had a similar experience/error message when running the Setup wizard.
I had used a mixture of upper case and lower when defining the database name using PHPAdmin. What I missed was the database name reverted to "all lowercase" when the database name was saved. So simply matching the case of the database name during setup solved the problem for me.... Hope this helps Chris