I started practicing the Lizst transcription of Beethoven's 5th symphony today and it is harder than it looks.
Some chords I just have to arppegiate because my hands aren't big enough to play it as a chord and the right hand is too high up to be used for that chord.
But I noticed with both my hands that my 5th finger got tense and it hurt to pop the tension away after I finished the first movement. I didn't go any further both for practice reasons and this tension and pain.
I wonder if the reason for the tension and pain to pop my 5th finger has to do with the fact that octaves are so common that I more often have octaves than anything else and I sort of lock my 5th and 1st fingers in position for an octave if I know multiple octaves are coming up and then only relax them when non octave intervals show up?
If so, how can I relax my hand when I only have 1 eighth rest to do it and I know multiple octaves will come up? Locking my first and 5th fingers in position makes sure that I don't make a mistake in for example playing a 7th interval when I need to play an octave and with so many octaves, it feels to me that it is required for me to lock my first and 5th fingers in octave position and only relax them when I'm not playing an octave.