50/50s is always the safe one to start with, then you can move to presses and boardslides.
With getting started, I'd recommend not just gapping to the landing, but also try gapping over the rail a few times to get a feeling for the take-off and speed.
So you can basically just ride into the rail with more angle than you'd normally take and just jump over the rail (eg - if you come in from the right, gap over the rail and land to the left of the rail). This lets you play around with speed and just get comfortable with airing onto the rail.
Once you're ready to try it for real and land on the rail, you just adjust your line to come in with less angle again.
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