Some really interesting responses so far guys, and surprisingly not too many youngsters!
I can see that some of you haven’t been at this for very long either, yet it seems that you’re all far beyond my current abilities. Reading the ‘Bloody Manual’ may work for some people ( tried that ), but some of us ( like me ) learn visually, and I think somebody already mentioned that. We all learn in different ways. I learn by watching others do, then if need be I’ll refer to the manual should I need more information, like the why.
By far, I found the most effective way to learn how to do something is to follow some of the YouTube HowTo’s, you can freeze-frame and rewind the video as you keep on working on your project. I did download the Blender Manual in PDF format, printed it out, but the issue of using that while you’re working, it becomes a night mare when looking for that particular tool you need and what it does. It’s pretty much the same with using the space-bar to find that tool you need to accomplish the task at hand. Firstly, you really need to know what the tool is called in order to find it!
A couple of you guys have mentioned ‘repetitiveness’ … and I think that’s the answer. Because, to be good at something you really need to do it over and over again, same applies to anything I guess. Some of you may of noticed from my profile that I’ve been a member of BlenderArtists for 3 years now, that’s how many attempts I’ve had at learning Blender! Each and everytime I’ve quit in frustration in not being able to do what I need to do
But, I always come back to Blender … And I think that’ rule number one - never give up!
I think that ‘Colkai’ ( first responder of the thread ) just about sums it up, and recommends only learning a handful of short-cuts and commands, and learning those commands for days until they’re second nature. And I’m also guilty of the same mistake that all newbies do … My need to create a masterpiece at my first attempt!
I’ve basically over-loaded myself with information, wanting to do too many things all at once, I’ve read just about everything I could lay my hands on, watched literally dozens and dozens of videos, and taken hundreds of notes … that actually mean absolutely nothing to me anymore, as I can’t find anything!
Time for a new approach me thinks