This is an instructable on how to play the Drum Set
Step 1: Pick your size drum stick
Also, figure out how heavy you like them. If your favorite size is 5a, find 5a sticks that are your liking of weight. It makes a large difference
Signature sticks only come in one size, so if you want those awesome Joey Jordison Signature sticks, and you don't like the size, then don't buy them, or buy them and showcase them.
Sticks make a huge difference. If it is too thick, you are not capable of doing what you can do with the size you are comfortable with. Sticks that are too thin can make you feel like you are hitting nothing but air, and it is weird.
Step 2: Learning the basic pieces - Pt. 1
The snare is basically a regular drum, except it has multiple (usually approx. 10) springs going across the bottom head. The diagram below shows what the snare looks like.
The top looks like a regular drum. The bottom is identical to the top, except it has springs.
On the side of the snare is a snare switch. When the lever is up, the spring is against the drum to make it sound different, instead of a "tom". You will learn about the tom in the next step.