Originally Posted by x_25
Actually, while it is folow the colors, the patterns used (especially on the higher difficulty levels) are the actual drums for most of the sonds, transposed onto 4 pads and a kick. I actually got my start in drumming from noticing almost all the rock songs had the same basic pattern. I honestly don't see how it's any different than folowing sheet music for drums.
It's different because with sheet music, you are given actual, definable note values. You aren't given those in Rockband. Secondly, sheet music doesn't automatically scroll for you. You have to actually 'read' it and track it yourself on the page.