Scan Tester’s polka

Also known as Scan Tester’s No 2, Scan Tester’s No. 2.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Scan Tester's has been added to 5 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Scan Tester's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B/=c/|dd/d/ dd|d^c =cB|A>B AG|F3 D/E/|
F E/F/ GF/G/|Ad d>B|AG FE|D3:|
|:B/c/|dG BA/B/|cE A>B|ce dc|B2 B>c|
dG BA/B/|cE A>B|cd/c/ BA|G3:|

Five comments

Scan Tester’s No. 2

Nothing whatsoever do with hospital equipment or IT kit (as you might suppose) but from the anglo-concertina playing of Lewis (Scan) Tester (1887-1972) of Horsted Keynes, Sussex, England.

His two polkas (called No.1 and No.2) are always taken together and in that order (hence the numeric tag).

Scan Tester’s No. 2

A disturbing number of tunes from my new book "Traditional English Dance Music" (shameful plug) are now appearing on the How did you manage to see a sneak preview, Mix?

I’m not gifted with ESP and neither do I have access to any international spy network, Nigel!

I’ve known those tunes for years. I never met Scan Tester myself but a friend of mine who did know him brought those tunes with him when he moved to Bristol in the early 1970s. Back in those days, we learnt everything by ear: no internet of course - and hardcopy tunebooks only had Irish and Scottish tunes in them.

I wouldn’t worry though - notwithstanding the existence of sites like this, people still seem to be buying hardcopy tunebooks.

Scan Tester’s No. 2

I wasn’t actually being serious, Mix O’Lydian, but it’s good to see these tunes getting an airing.

I guessed that, Nigel!

And I wish you success with your new book. Interestingly, I’ve noticed that the folks who get tunes out of hardcopy tunebooks are a different bunch from those who pick them up from sites like - and a different bunch again from those who only learn tunes from live sessions.

The more sources, the better. If the tunes get played, they will be kept alive.

- Mix