Hi Becky, and welcome to the wonderful world of the Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. It's a good place to come, spend some time, learn about the dulcimer, and to meet some good people.
Welcome to FOTMD, Becky. There are many resources here as you begin your dulcimer journey. Search the site or ask questions. A good source of tab is the Western North Carolina Dulcimer Collective website. All the tabs are both DAA and DAd. We also have a group, thetraditionalappalachiandulcimore.com , where we have a Zoom group on Tuesday nights that plays in traditional noter style. You are welcome to join us. You will find many helpful folks here at FOTMD. Enjoy the site.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
Hey Becky, welcome aboard. Glad ya found us.
Becky there are a number of books published with DAA tab. Mel Bay is one publisher. An internet search should reveal some others. A few of the publications assume you are tuned DAA and playing chords so you may need to read the descriptions carefully.
And yes it is okay to use your finger instead of a noter. I know of several players who do that. We call that finger dancing.
Best wishes on your dulcimer journey.
Welcome Becky M to Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Glad you joined. There are a number of members here who play traditional style. We are here to help each other so be sure to ask questions as you have them.