There is no right or wrong way to hold the drum sticks. However there are a few common methods that the majority of the worlds players find helpful. Below is an outline of the matched grip methods which have become the most common method since Ringo Starr appeared on the Ed sullivan show in 1964.
German grip (click on video to watch in youtube) French Grip
The concepts for this lesson come from the famous drum book 'Stick Control' by George Lawrence Stone. It is a basic introduction to learning to control our hands and creating short patterns that we can memorise. We can then play on the drum kit to create new patterns.
Start by hitting each hand on a different surface to create two different sounds.
You can download the sheet here