I've been working on the Revolutionary Etude off and on since January. More off than on because, since the beginning, it's been a really daunting piece, exposing egregious flaws in my technique and just being a wall I can't get seem to get over. At this point, I'm getting annoyed at myself for avoiding it for so long just because I'm scared of it, and I'm not allowing myself to learn the Liszt etudes I want to learn or any new music until I can play this well. I was hoping I could get some ideas on how to first deal with it, and then actually play it well.
Just for reference, I took a quick capture of it and uploaded it. I know I'm playing it faster than I can currently handle, but I just wanted to give an idea of the shape it's in and my technique, I hope it helps. If anybody wants to see something more specific (view from a different angle, etc.) that might help, I can capture and upload another video really easily.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foNZnk_whxE
Anyway, as far as the problems I'm aware of, my pinky seems to curl up a lot, and I've seen even the greatest pianists' hands make similar movements, I'm not sure how intentionally. For me, it's not intentional to have my pinky curled, and I feel like it restricts the movement of the 4th finger so that the arpeggio becomes uneven, as well as causing that whole side of my hand to tighten up. I can hardly get through the first page of the piece once at the tempo in the video before my arm starts to hurt, and I think the locked pinky might be part of the issue but not the only thing causing it. I can't figure out exactly what makes it so difficult for me, besides the pinky, I and my teacher don't really see anything especially wrong with how I'm playing it, but there must be because it hurts.
I've been working with symmetrical inversion (see below) a lot because my right hand does the same movements a lot easier, of course, and doesn't seem to get tired but even with that I still haven't been able to isolate what, besides the tight 5th finger, is causing the pain.
I can continue to provide details, I'm not sure what else to say about it but ask me anything about how I'm playing it and I'll try to answer quickly.
Thanks for any help, looking forward to starting to participate in these forums pretty regularly.