Please don't forget Rey de la Torre - the father of modern classical guitar technique. He was one of those very down to earth guys who happened to be a CG virtuoso. I met him in 1974 at Contra Costa College, where I was attending. I now study under one of his protégés, Ben Barron. We both agree, that "del Torre" radically departed from the Marine sergeant, dominating teacher style, prevalent at that time, to a more partnership approach. It seems a no brainer now, but then, "no adversarial relationship" between student and teacher was a new thing - especially in classical.
He also introduced the concept of practice via playing the pieces. Yes, he would emphasize scales and technical exercises if needed. But mostly, you can learn what you need to via playing the music. Student pieces are supposed to focus on certain techniques - use them, and do the boring scales if you need to.
You guys may have a different perspective, but from knowing him via college, and learning from his star protégé, I think the above is accurate.
Oh, and his technique as well as musical soul and tonal variation and control - all were astonishing. One of the greats, in my humble opinion.
EDIT: oops! I just read Marshall's post and realized that too... Del Torre was Segovia's contemporary.
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