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Access Denied for MYSQL ERROR 1045

I just got a new macbook pro (OS X 10.8.2) and am attempting to get mysql set up on it. So far I’ve been able to get it installed but I cannot get my root user access (or any user for that matter). I plan on using this for Python, on my other computer I only use MYSQL (no MAMP) and I prefer to keep it that way.

For reference, I did the following:

$ alias mysql=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysql
$ sudo /Library/StartupItems/MySQLCOM/MySQLCOM start
$ alias mysqladmin=/usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqladmin

When i enter mysql or mysql -u root -p it gives me this:

ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES)

or

ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'jmitch'@'localhost' (using password: NO)
Depending on which phrasing I use

MYSQL is running in my system preferences. Thank you for your help.