I am new to Blender and having some issues following tutorials along where the mesh is assigned to bones. I have created a mesh and an armature. Bones are working as expected. At this point I am supposed to be able to parent the mesh to the armature by selecting the mesh, shift selecting the armature and then Ctrl-P, Parent with empty groups. Then I should select portions of the mesh and assign to vertex groups. One problem is I am unsure of the steps required to do this. Once I get the mesh portion selected (in Edit mode) I cannot find where the vertex groups are to assign. I may be in the wrong mode but the tutorials get a little vague (to me) at this point. Also, when I eventually can find the vertex groups it seems they are not all there. When I Parent with empty groups, should it create vertex groups for each bone?
I need a simple straight forward tutorial on this process.