#1
Okay, I already learned all about moving some of the chords up and down the neck, like barre and power chords.

But I have noticed in multiple videos, where it looks like the guitarist is moving a D chord up the neck. I am wondering if that is indeed a D chord, or some other chord my teacher never told me about?
#2
That is the position for a D chord, but moving it up changes the note.
#3
It's quite likely a chord your teacher never told you about. But the thing about the guitar is that there are many ways to voice a chord. This includes mixing open strings and fretted notes high on the neck. To actually know what chord it is, you would have to know what notes are being played.

One example that I can think of is the introduction (first 10 seconds) to Whataya Want From Me by Adam Lambert:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1Fqn9du7xo&gl=SG&hl=en-GB

|-10--10-09--14-14-14-14-7--14-14-14-14-7|
|-12--12-10--15-15-15-15-8--15-15-15-15-8|
|-11--11-11--14-14-14-14-7--14-14-14-14-7|
|----------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|
#4
So what's important to understand here is that chords consist of certain notes.

Your standard xx0232 is not the D, it is just a way to play a D chord on a guitar - and there are a ton of ways.
If you move this, it's no longer a D, unless you take it to fret 14 (an octave up). If you hold a shape and move it - it becomes another chord.
If you hold your F chord and move up a fret, you have F#, then G, then G#, then A and you can make any major chord as you move further up. The F is actually just an "E" shape, moved up one fret adding the necessary barre to change the notes of the open strings. It's the same with other shapes. You can move A and C to make whatever other normal chord, but you need to add the barre.
#5
They are an alternate way to play chords. So these two are E and F respectively although you aren't playing the root note on the D string. So for the E, you are playing an E on the 5th fret of the B string and likewise for F and the 6th fret. You can do the same thing by moving up Dm, Dsus4 etc.

|-4------------5-------------------------|
|-5------------6-------------------------|
|-4------------5-------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|

If you wanted, and I know some guitarists do this, you can play your A shape barre chords without your root on the A string nor playing the D string. So you are still playing the chord but only the higher end of it. So in this you have a C, then a Cm then a D. An example of a song where this is done is in the recurring little riff in Little Wing by Derek and the Dominos.
|-----3-----3----5-----------------------|
|-----5-----4----7-----------------------|
|-----5-----5----7-----------------------|
|----------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------------|

Although, essentially this is what a capo does. It lets you continue using open fret chords but raise the tuning so you aren't playing in E tuning but in F, F#, G etc.
So if you were to put a capo on the 2nd fret, (F# tuning), your "D shape" would be playing an E, your "A shape" would be playing a B etc.
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Oh, that makes sense now, thanks

So is this like music theory though?

Yes, this would be going more into the realms of chord construction. We actually have many articles on chord construction, one of which is part of a series that I really like: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/the_guide_to/the_ultimate_guide_to_guitar_chapter_iii_1_chords_-_chord_construction.html
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So is this like music theory though?


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#10
Any chord can be transposed to a new position just as any note can be,Creating a different chord using the same grip.Obviously a D shape moved up a step is an E,Just don't play the open D string as you move up into different keys that don't work with a D in there.
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I actually want to take music theory class things before I go to college, so I guess it would be good to start now...
#12
All chords are technically "moveable".

A chord is a group of notes, and anywhere you can play those notes you can play that chord.
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#13
If you aren't playing any open strings, the chord is movable and the type of chord remains the same (e.g. if you're playing a G major barre chord and move it up 2 frets it's now A major).

If it has open strings and you move it, the type of chord will change. It may still be a chord, but it won't be the exact same type of one.

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I dunno. if you have a big thick music theory book and drop it on your toe it might hurt.
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