After years of just eyeballing price direction, and practicing price action coupled with volume, I am getting pretty good at calling direction. I am ready to get started real time. I have started practicing on Trading View paper Platform. Now I need some very hard to find information on the best instrument to trade. and perhaps ..time frame. I have been practicing on the E mini micro (MES). 1 minute chart. My first paper trade on Trading view's paper platform looked great! 20 ticks..I was jumping for joy until I looked at the record of the trade,....$2.50 loss..the bid ask spread ate all the profit for a loss. I got filled at the ask price which was where I pulled the trigger to exit the trade. typical beginner stuff even for someone who has been studying indicators etc. for years.. First beginner question.. Is this typical of all trades? The MES has a ridiculous bid ask spread so it is pretty obvious that a 1 minute chart is not going to work, not on a low volume instrument like this one or is it? Going up several time frames might, 60 minute maybe, but now you have to change your whole mind frame, and the setups are going to be once in a blue moon..I would like to get the day over with in a couple of hours in the morning.. Second beginner question..I have searched and find all kinds of people that like the MES. Why? has to be only because you do lose your butt in the beginning phase, so how to you trade it with the ridiculous spreads? What do people use for scalping? I heard one person say that he trades a stock that only has a 2 tick spread, are there instruments around like this? I would really like to stay with the 1 minute chart. ..in and out then up. So here I sit. I think I could be good at this, If I can ease into the second phase of trading with the right instrument and time frame..Anyone with any suggestions on stocks or instruments with decent spreads? I would like to get filled at least somewhere close to where I pull the trigger, is that possible? just start with a few shares.etc. etc. By the way, I don't need the money, I don't have to worry about that, I have a $20,000 account, and could put another $50,000 if I wanted to, this is as much for challenge as for money..I need to find the right trading instrument. Hopefully there are other novices here that can use this post, These questions are hard pressed for answers.. How do people scalp? Do you have to ride through the spread to collect a couple of ticks?