In my journey of learning guitar, I have tried to identify chord progressions that don't necessarily have available tabs (for eye training fretting positions and ear training the sounds of those positions). I am particularly interested in the guitar chord progression from this short video from Kansas based funk band, The Whips.
I have tried to decipher it, but I can't quite get there. It is obviously a 4 chord progression:
For the first two, the second just appears to be half a step down from the first, so once the first one is deciphered, it is basically a 2-for-1. I can tell the root of the first chord is D using finger 3 (I am largely assuming the thumb is being used to mute the bottom 2 strings, but I could be entirely wrong here). Finger 2 appears to be F#, and maybe finger 1 is barring the top 3 strings? I can't quite tell what finger 4 is doing (if it's just hovering or if it is fretting the 4th or 5th string). Regardless, this appears to be some sort of D chord, with chord 2 being some sort of C# chord since it is just half a step down. Nothing I come up with really sounds right, though.
As for chord 3, I originally thought this was an F#m, but realized finger 4 is in the incorrect place for that. My guess is that it is actually just hovering, making chord 3 an F#m7?
And for the last chord, it looks like finger 3 moves down one string, but am confused on what fingers 2 and 4 are doing. Also, why continue barring 5 strings with finger 1 if finger 3 is fretting the second string anyways?
Given the first chord is rooted on D (I) and we potentially have an F#m7 (iii) in chord 3, would it be wrong to assume the key here is D major? I am confused where the C# from chord 2 would fit in, though. C# (vii) is also in D major, but the guitarist doesn't appear to be playing a diminished chord.
I am in no way formally trained in music and have only began to play any sort of instrument (guitar) since October, so please forgive me if I am completely incorrect with anything I have stated.