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Development Tools Git Basics Getting Started With Git Committing Changes

Confused by git version 2.10.1 (Apple Git-78)

when I create a new git repository I see different contents than in the tutorial:

my_first_repository user.name$ ls -a . HEAD description info refs config hooks objects

When I try to add the README file:

my_first_repository user.name$ git add README fatal: This operation must be run in a work tree

Can anyone make sense of this for a git beginner? ty