This may sounds absolutely ridiculous, or understandable, depending on who you are. Rock band has helped me so much with my actual real-life drumming. I feel like I owe the producers so much! Before I played it, I stuck to just playing 8th and 16th notes for fills and normal beats. Rock band, (and especially Rock Band 2), introduced me to swing as well as well as how to play insanely hard and fast death metal. Visions anyone?
For an example of how much this has worked, listen up:
I made first chair snare at district band (I personally thought I bombed the sight-reading part)
and I got a snare part in my high school drumline as a freshman next year. And just to let you know, that is super rare.
So anyone else, have any similar stories?