This is one of the best analogies, really.
I was just having a conversation with an old friend last night, who asked me what the OT could do. I waxed on and on about it’s power and capabilities. He said “maybe I should get one, then, for a gig I have coming up”. I told him he should not.
Based on what he already has, and how happy he is with what he has (lots of euro, and a TR-8S), it would just be a distraction, and the time limit/goal he has would not be compatible.
I told him that to get the most of the OT and be able to utilize what he wanted from it by a certain date, it would be like having to learn a different language. And the most effective way is full immersion.
This would lead to frustration one way or the other. He would either be frustrated with having to learn the OT under a crunch, or he’d be frustrated with not having as much time to get the instant gratification of using the language he already knows (his modular and TR-8S).
The moral of the story is the OT can and will frustrate one way or another, and rushing the learning process is littered with these kinds of pitfalls. Go into it with this language analogy in mind, and know that one day you will become fluent. But it won’t be quick. The kind of gear that you can quickly adopt and hit the ground running with doesn’t have the same power the OT is. It takes time to learn the language, but once you do, you’ll have accomplished something, and that is a personal reward that you can appreciate.
The OT can be many things, as we all know. But most importantly, it is also an instrument. And no instrument is learned quickly.
Add to that, it’s capable of being multiple instruments at the same time. Learning multiple instruments quickly is as difficult as learning a foreign language quickly. Verbs and tenses interact, and there is new vocabulary that must be memorized.
The student has to give themself time to absorb it all. And cramming for the test is no way to guarantee comprehension.