Have you looked through musicnotes.com or sheetmusicplus ? Sometimes they have more basic versions of tunes/songs on piano that work but usually have violin parts as well. You pay a small fee for the right to printout a version you like. Like under $10.00 per song. Actually maybe more like 5.00. Not really a book as you were asking but they have a good library of tunes and songs. Maybe something you're looking for.
Cid, I think Fiddlerman thought you were specifically asking about pieces in 2nd position, not necessarily recommending you start your adventure in positions with 2nd.
I gather most everybody starts with 3rd position, "I gather" being the operative term here Stand ready to be corrected, as per usual, LOL.
Whistler has a broadly accepted book that introduces 3rd and 5th for starters.
Elements Book 3 introduces 3rd for starters too (and gets to shifting more quickly than Whistler)
I figure there's gotta be a reason in there somewhere for Whistler's approach. I'm just going with the flow.
Whistler's two books are pretty rigorous, and perhaps not very interesting either.
There's a guy called Mackay who did two easier and more interesting books on 3rd position in the 1960s.
(Whistler vol 1 is about positions 3, 5, 7 and higher; Whistler vol 2 is about positions 2, 4, 6 and higher)
Thanks for the Mackay recommendation, Gordon. Looks like it would be a good complement to the Whistler because of the selection of familiar pieces.
Whistler has a very few pieces... just mostly intro exercises and lots of etudes (which I enjoy, so it's OK by me.) There may be another Whistler vol. 1 that includes 7th pos. and higher. My beginner version (ISBN 978-1-4234-4487-9) only covers 3rd and 5th.
There may be another Whistler vol. 1 that includes 7th pos. and higher. My beginner version (ISBN 978-1-4234-4487-9) only covers 3rd and 5th.
Ah, I got it wrong. Vol. 2 deals with positions 2, 4, 6 and 7!
The Mackay books have the ISBNs
9780193576537 (there are some used ones for a reasonable price on amazon dot com)
9790220210709 (not worth it at the current amazon dot com price - it's not as good a book as the one above and it doesn't contain any position shifting)