Blender is a wonderful free software with amazing 3d capabilities. Being opensource every one can produce, share, compile Blender with out any cost. Don't mis judge Blender because it is freely available. It is very powerful as other 3d software such as Autodesk Maya, 3ds max, Cinema 4d and Houdini. Blender have both advantage and disadvantage over these commercial 3d applications. It is true more and more artist learning to use Blender.
You can produce your own movie in Blender with out spending thousands of bucks!!!( a single Maya licence cost more than 3000 dollars). More Maya artist use Blender in their home. It is true there are several studios who uses Blender for their production.
Anyway I am so much interested in Blender. At first it was very difficult to learn Blender. Being a Maya artist shifting to a new 3d program is little bit confusing. It took a whole while to start things perfect for me. It is impossible to drop Maya and using Blender and Maya in same day is totally confusing. Anyway Blender have some preset for Maya artist. So started using that and now I use Maya in studio and Blender in House.
This tutorial is meant for Maya artist. So some of the common shortcuts and other items may not work correctly if you follow the default Blender document and tutorials.