Playing the violin as a beginner is not easy.
Not only do you have to make sure you are playing the music correctly, but you also have to make sure you are maintaining the proper position, executing correctly, and ensure the sound quality is where it should be.
That’s a lot to handle as a beginner. Especially since your ear hasn’t yet developed.
Aside from all of those things, you must also understand how to sight read music. If you are unable to sight read, playing music is virtually impossible.
If you are new to playing the violin, you will no doubt find certain songs very difficult to play.
In this article we are going to share some of the best violin songs for beginners. The reason we love these songs is because they are very easy to learn and play.
Most beginners get a little frustrated with the amount of time it takes them to play something that sounds good.
Sometimes they will even quit because they get so discouraged. Our goal with this article is to encourage you to keep going. Learning to play the violin is not easy. It takes time, and it takes practice, practice, practice.
The easy songs we will share with you below will give you the confidence to keep going.
To help you easily find a violin song you will actually enjoy playing, we have broken things down into a few sections.
We have the classics, folk songs, christian songs, wedding songs, nursery rhymes, Disney songs, blue grass, Christmas songs, and movie themes.
For each section we will highlight the best violin songs for beginners.
Ode To Joy
Most classical music is far too difficult for beginners to play. However, Ode To Joy, which is one of Beethovan’s masterpieces, is a lot easier to play than most think.
It will demonstrate your classical prowess and your new fingering and bowing skills. And if you want to show off a bit, play a simple arpeggio using quarter and half notes.
William Tell Overture
This is yet another classical piece that is very well known.
This song is very rousing and will make you want to tap your toes. It's the kind of song that makes you want to jump up and start doing your cowboy dance.
While this is indeed a fun song to play, it can be a little tricky due to the bowings.
But if you can master this piece, you will be the talk of the family. In a good way of course!
Au Clair De La Lune
Au Clair De La Lune is a classic composition that doesn’t require much skill to play. Instructors will usually use this song to teach their students how to do simply key changes.
I think it's safe to say we have all heard, and sang, La Bamba, at some point in our lives.
This Mexican folk song is lively and very upbeat. It features tuplet groupings and tenuto, two styles of playing that will help you greatly improve your technique.
This Johnny Cash song is very traditional. It describes a fictional train and is probably one of the easiest violin songs you can learn to play.
Work hard to master it and you will sound like a real pro!
The Midnight Special
Creedence Clearwater Revival can be credited with making this song so popular. After they recorded it, it literally shot to worldwide fame.
This folk song is easy to play and can be played along with other violinists to make a very beautiful tune.
Christian or not, there is a good chance you have heard of Amazing Grace. It is probably one of the most popular christian songs in the world.
It is also a very easy song to learn and play for church gatherings.
John Newton, an English poet, composed this song in 1779. And while it started out as a poem, it was eventually turned into a song 70 years later.
While this is an easy violin song to play, it is a little bit tougher to catch on to than some of the other songs on this list.
But if you can manage to play it in G major, you my friend will be the talk of the town.
When the Saints Go Marching
This is yet another very popular christian song that most people have heard of. It is the perfect combination of christian jazz and traditional gospel.
This song will help you take your bowing skill to the next level due to all the half and quarter notes.
This is the type of song where the tempo can be adjusted without messing up the meaning of the song.
If you learn how to play Amazing Grace, it is recommended you also learn how to play When The Saints Go Marching.
You never know, you may be asked to do an encore.
All of Me
All of Me is one of the most beautiful wedding songs you will ever hear. It was written and sung by award winning singer, John Legend.
It is a ballad played in the key of A♭ major. As far as pace goes, it is relatively slow with a tempo of 63 beats per minute.
If you ever get booked for a wedding gig, there is a good chance this song will be requested. So make sure you take the time to learn it.
Wedding March is probably the best song you can play at a wedding. The name of the song makes it an almost obvious pick.
Luckily it is a very easy song to learn to play. It's played using only two sharps so it's not all that complicated.
Nursery Rhymes and Disney Songs
For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow
Written in D Major, For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow is the perfect song to play for children. It's a popular song that is sure to be a hit.
The tune is very lively making it a great song to practice with.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
This is a bedtime favorite that is sung in a lot of homes all over the world. Just imagine the joy your little one will feel as you play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on your violin, and they sing along.
If you want to learn different variations of the song, you can find plenty of options in a Suzuki book.
A Whole New World
I will be completely honest with you, A Whole New World can be a bit challenging when you are first learning to play it.
It has a lot of syncopated rhythms and triplet notes.
The best way to learn this song is to play the original song through your speakers, and play along with it. Make sure the lyrics are playing as well. This way you can easily understand the different movements in the song.
Blue Grass Songs
Li’l Liza Jane
If you are looking to excel in the bluegrass genre, this is one of the first songs you should try to master.
It is the perfect song for beginners as it gives you a great part to build upon.
Many musicians have become popular after playing this song.
You can’t have jazz violin music without Summertime by George Gershwin.
This song was written in 1934 for the Porgy and Bess opera. Since then it has become the most recorded jazz standard in the world.
This is one of the finest songs you will play as it mixes elements of jazz, along with 20th century American style songs.
Currently there are over 20,000 recordings of this song all over the world.
Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without hearing someone sing Jingle Bells. It is easily the most sung Christmas carol in the world.
It was written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857. That means for well over 100 years, this song has been bringing joy to people all over the world.
This song will be a bit of a challenge when you first start learning to play it. But after practicing a few times, you are sure to catch on.
Why not surprise your family this holiday season with your own rendition of Jingle Bells? They are sure to love it.
In March 2011 UNESCO declared Silent Night as an intangible cultural heritage. Silent Night Holy Night, translated as Stille Nacht heilige Nacht in German, is easily the most popular Christmas song.
Every Christmas play will have some version of this song being sung.
If you can get it just right, it will be one of the most beautiful songs you play on your violin.
Movie Themes and Film Music
Game of Thrones Theme
Game of Thrones has become one of the most watched shows in recent history. Millions of people tune in every single week just to see what’s going to happen next.
That’s why we had to include it on this list. It is one of the most popular, and recognized tunes at this point in time.
And if you look on YouTube, you will see this is one of the most covered songs on violin.
The cool thing about this song is you only need G and D strings to play it. However, you will need to know how to move those left hand fingers.
Otherwise the piece will not turn out right.
Star Wars Theme
We had to save the best for last. Star Wars is like the greatest theme song ever created. And if you are a fan of Star Wars, chances are the song is stuck in your head.
Sci-fi people absolutely love this song. And while this song does sound a little complicated, it is actually easy enough for beginners to learn.
This is because it is a very repetitive song. After you learn the main caydence, you’ve pretty much got the song.
Our Final Thoughts
Well there you have it, 19 of the best violin songs for beginners. Go through the list and find songs you would be interested in learning how to play.
Learning to play violin songs you actually like is a great way to help you stay interested in playing the violin.
It doesn’t matter your current skill level, age (child or adult), or ability, the songs on this list can be played by all.
Hopefully at least one of the songs on this list capture your attention.
Look forward to seeing you become the next YouTube violin sensation!