My daughter is diving back into CG after taking some time off to work on some rock guitar and singing goals. She is still a classical beginner, having gotten most of the way through Larry MacDonald's conservatory tutor volume 1. A large part of the impetus here is that she's picked up a fascination with the music of Dionisio Aguado, most of which is of course wildly beyond her present reach.
So I got ahold of fascimile copies of the 1820 collection of studies, all three methods (I actually have the Tecla translation of the 1843 method), and his opuses of "non difficiles" pieces and have burned through them looking for some stuff that she could reasonably tackle within the next 12 months. A couple of things struck me during the process. First off, Aguado actually was REALLY good at writing miniatures. There are cases where like Carcassi he gets so wrapped up in his pedagogical intent that he forgets he's supposed to be writing music, but there are plenty that rival the best of Sor's student output. The second thing that really struck me is that he was better than Sor at writing studies that really target very specific aspects of style and/or technique. Thirdly, he had a serious problem with screwing up what would otherwise be a beautiful, pedagogically useful, and fun to play etude with ridiculous stretches that even I, with considerable technique and large hands, have to practice in order to realize.
I did find a number of musically worthwhile and didactically relevant etudes that I've set aside for the coming months, but I'm considering going deeper. I'm thinking it might be worthwhile to go through all of Aguado's numerous etudes (and probably including the stuff in the "non difficiles" opuses as a lot of it is student-level material) and cataloging it by difficulty and didactic intent. I would then go through and toss out the stuff that just isn't very good music (yes I get that it's my opinion but I'm looking at creating a list of material that could be used as graded study material that a student might actually want to play) and generate a final graded list of studies, cross indexed by difficulty level and pedagogical value. It would be freely available at my new website which is going to go online sometime early next year as part of my effort to retire from gigging altogether and become a full-time teacher.
So two questions: would there be enough interest to make it worth the effort? Second, would anyone who has learned from any of these studies post the ones that have been the most useful to you, or any teachers who use them post their favorites?