For people who are in need of resources for jquery slideshow tutorials, this is the place for you.It has the bunch of tutorials in web that is meant for beginners.Every tutorial is explained a step by step manner.Some of the tutorials uses jquery cycle plugin for making it simple.
Surprised! . Its one of the post in webtuts.It is explained with graphical figures.You could check it out. - LINK
I found this video in youtube,gives a very good tutorial for beginners.