QUOTE(kingsley13 @ Feb 18 2010, 09:32 PM)
Its just two bars that I have trouble with, I don't really have a problem with the left hand (I assume your talking about the massive 2 octave leaps). Also I fall to pieces trying to play the trio without the music. As I've been playing it for so long I can actually play the first bit with my eyes closed, but I really struggle to play the last page without music.
Although, like you, I had mastered the outer movements first, it was the trio that dictated the overall tempo. I am of an age that saw the resurgence of Ragtime music in the 1970s, following the film The Sting
where Marvin Hamlisch arranged Scott Joplin Rags as background music throughout the film. It was The Entertainer
that everyone wanted to play, me included (or rather my dad wanted me to learn it). When I first tried it I couldn't manage the left hand leaps or thirds within octaves in the RH.
Essentially, I came back to it a couple of years later and practically sight-read the work. I then became a fan of ragtime and learnt most of the S-J rags, aided by recordings by Joshua Rofkin that accompanied the books published by Paxton in three volumes. I still enjoy them and, as I said on a thread some time ago, went on to try some stride piano. That still requires a good deal of practice!
Do persevere though!