"Technique over Tools"
As a beginner, this can serve you well. I didn't know this when I started out, so when something didn't seem to work, I'd switch to another blade or start a hunt for another razor. What a waste of time.
Just like these guys are saying, just work on your pressure (keep it super light), razor angle (differs per razor, and user to some extent), and direction (need to know your growth direction for this).
I have been using the viking crusader, a viking black stallion brush, the viking chairman bowl, and taylor of old bond street. With a nivea sensetive after balm. Van der hagen blades since my assorted blade pack hadnt come yet. Going to try a new blade on saturday. The persona platinum chrome.
Thanks for the kind words, sir!
A cold water splash can also work well - I've done it myself, especially in the summer. Warm water is better for getting the soap off, cold better for soothing. No reason not to try both!