After playing through the first section numerous dozens of times over the last 4-5 days, it occurs to me that the measure in question is fingered that way for a good reason. The right hand pattern is exactly the same throughout the entire section, and if you change the left hand fretting you'll have to change the right hand fingering too. That raises the challenge of throwing in one differently fingered measure in the middle of 16 otherwise identical ones, and with that, the difficulty of maintaining consistent "sound" with a different fingering.
jdhunt wrote:Are you holding the 5th string F for the entire measure?
This helps. I've found I need to "squeeze" the 2-3-4 fingers together as much as possible to keep them away from the adjacent strings, and if I release the 5th string F at the proper time it becomes just a bit easier.
It's a beautiful piece, and this is definitely the stickiest part.
“People may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.” --Florence Foster Jenkins