Some people learn best buy learning all the little details of the whole program then use that knowledge to solve any problems that come their way. other people- like me- benefit more by following a specific set of instructions to see how things are done and then branch out from that limited skill set- in the mean time they get to actually make things which is inspirational and motivational.
Its called the basics, you need to know them in any package, use them maya help line and search here as much as you can then if you are stuck ask here............dave
I know how you feel! I think once you make the decision to jump into a pro software platform you really have to make an effort to find a place where you can find help- like here- Sooner or later you will find someone that has the time and patience to help you aout with specific problems.
..., I'm a recent Maya2011 purchasee. Yes I paid the BIG TICKET for it. Initially I was angry with the software because I thought it was just a ripoff...,