There is a certain period of adjustment for becoming more sensitive to the slight movements of aikido and what I call "making the wave" or "riding the wave."
There is a "hard" quality to judo, jujitsu, and karate, but even the most harsh teacher will indicate that there is a soft side to these arts as you progress.
Aikido is an excellent playground for finding how to use the softer side of technique while not giving away strength to an opponent.
Keep an open mind, go slow, and it will get to be fun as you learn to "ride the wave" or "make the wave."
At that point, the details will be more important, until then, just get the general feel and general movements until the "wave" is yours.