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Thank you all! Those are all helpful tips.
To clarify, I have 1 430EX II and 2 YN-568EX II (Youngnuo Masters) speedlights and my wireless transceivers are YN-622Cs. Seems like they support ETTL as the option worked on the camera when I tried it out the other night. Also my 3 soft boxes are 24'' x 24'' in case any of you are curious.
I don't really know how to work the histogram and the graph intimidates me.
Also, I do have the Speedliter's Handbook and currently going through it.
Your softboxes are on the small side, as light modifiers go, but much much better than using a naked speedlight, or these silly diffusers you stick on the speedlights.
Here is my advice on how to learn how to use multiple lights. First, take advantage of the largest "softbox" in your house, a north facing window (or any window through which you can _not_ see the sun). Put your subject next to that window and take a picture in Av. Move the subject and yourself so that you get different directions of light. When you are happy with the direction of the light adjust the exposure up or down if you need (that's usually called exposure compensation in Canon cameras) and mark the aperture and the speed that the camera chose. Now go to M and set the same aperture and speed as before. Then bring one of your softboxes on the other side of your subject (facing the window) and set the flash to the lowest setting. Keep increasing the power of the flash (without changing the speed and aperture of your exposure) and see how that affects the shadows on your subject. Then move the softbox so it's not facing the window but rather it's at an angle and repeat the experiment with the power settings. Keep moving the softbox until it's next to you, or even behind you.
When you are able to decide what kind of shadows/catchlights you want before taking the shot and setting your lights so you can achieve it, you can throw away your manuals.