As a beginner violinist myself, I’ve been searching the internet for many hours to find nice violin books and songs. I find it very important to have sufficient easy songs to keep myself motivated. For now, I can say that I’ve played many easy beginner songs. But what has helped me most is follow the structure of method books instead of trying to play whatever nice, fun song I know. Following a method book gives a better foundation and teaches techniques that you won’t learn if you just practice any song.
Suzuki Book 1
I can say that I really LOVE the Suzuki violin books. Actually they are meant to teach groups who don’t know how to read music but play the music by ear after listening to the recording. But I did know how to read music, so I am not using the books exactly as the writer meant to but even so I really like the songs. Each song really teaches something new, but moving on from one piece to the next is never very hard. Each piece is a bit harder than the previous one but very doable. It starts with well known easy songs like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Lightly Row, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, etc. But by the end of the book you already learn to play some classical pieces by Bach and Schumann and I found it real fun!
Also these violin books come with a CD so you can listen to the songs all day to get to know the pieces better and play along. That makes it easier to play them with good intonation.
Suzuki Book 2
I am now studying the pieces in Suzuki Book 2. This book contains 12 pieces and teaches you to slur notes, to play low finger 1, parts of a chromatic scale, 32th notes, ear training to play octaves, fourth finger extension for the C on the E string, playing flats. Some of the pieces I really enjoyed are Waltz by Brahms, Gavott by Lully and Minuet by Boccherini. I will soon post a video of my favorite piece from Suzuki Book 2.