Re: Need some P.A. advice, mostly for play-along.
Check out Audacity. It's free, and easy to use. When you decide to go further in the future, you've got quite a few options, but they might be too hard for you to get started with, and I sense you don't want to get buried trying to figure out how to get a studio quality recording right now... or, do you?
2011 Mapex Saturn - 8, 10, 12, 14 fl, 16 fl, 22x18
1974 Tama Royalstar - 8,10,12, 13,16 fl, 22x14