Re: All the gear no idea!
Getting lessons is huge....great to hear you are beginning there.
When I was beginning I used to put some of my favourite bands on through earphones and play along. Rule of thumb with that is that if you can hear the drums on the recording you ain't doing it right, (same goes for the metronome, if you hear it you ain't on time). I put bands on like AC/DC, Nirvana (early stuff), etc....(was in the late 80's). Experiment!
Oh, and use the 'search' function on this site. There is so much great info on here.
It's better to sit in silence and be thought a fool, than open ones mouth and remove all doubt..